Good evening. How fortunate to find you so late in this damned rain. Good evening, get in. He cheerfully sat on the passenger seat. We were late and it got dark. How's the cab business going, is it ok? I believe you prefer working nights since there's no much traffic, right? The driver nodded lightly. They drove in silence for a while but then he realized the city lights were slowly dimming behind. Have you got the wrong way? The car stopped next to a forest. Do you really not remember me? I thought I was your favorite, father.

(Translated by Mihaela Guţu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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