And you're saying is free? Wherever I want?
We'll meet there. It's easy to recognise me: I have a tiny blue car, out of which you can vaguely hear Pink Floyd. The windows are broken, you know, from the happiness accident. I'll drive very slowly - so you don't miss me.
And, please, safe me a spot under the walnut tree, the one with big walnuts, right there, next to the sharp laughs of my memories, where my friends tell bad jokes and drink anything, cause it doesn't matter.
Is there sun too? No? Don't worry, I'll manage.
Expires on 25.01.2521

(Translated by Nina Iulia Tufă / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In January 2021, the group has 3.000 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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