I didn't even notice when she left, although many years had passed since I buried her. She was very beautiful and full of energy. She had a serene forehead and a contagious smile. She left unexpectedly, but I'm still watching over her. And sometimes I exhume her and take her in my arms. I breathe some more life over her, I enjoy her pulsation, the dreams and the fairy tales. And when she falls asleep again, I prolong the wake as much as possible. I bury her shallowly, I sprinkle light earth on top of her, I laugh for her, I cry for her, and return to adult life.

(Translated by Andreea-Simona Trufin / 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 February 2021, the group has 4.300 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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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