A freshly mowed lawn field where all my dear ones were happy. I ran towards them barefoot. We hugged and started talking at the same time. We understood each other perfectly. Suddenly, a severe storm began. I wasn't brushed by the raindrops, I couldn't feel the smell of freshly mowed lawn, I couldn't cry, I couldn't laugh. I froze. Loved ones became strangers who only spoke in dead languages. The guardian angel opened a beer and told me I didn't belong here.

(Translated by Iuliana Danciu / 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 March 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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