Trees that never shut up, the sound of the dog's paws on the sandstone, the warble of the coffee poured in the cup, the teaspoon making the crust of the flan crack, the pop of the bubbles of the plastic bag, the baby's breathing, the winter rustling of the forest, the fresh snow creaking under the boots, the clinking of the champagne glasses, the subcutaneous howl of disappointment, the vanilla rustling of the pages from an old book, the moaning of love, the steps in the waiting room, the first crying of the baby, the museum of sounds.

(Translated by Mălina Ţîru / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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