Last night I dreamt that I was losing you. A sign, I told myself. Because I believe in signs, I quickly dressed up and I came out. I walked three kilometers to the train station, I got on the second train, got off at the ninth station, took bus four, which took me to the end of the town. I crossed five streets, a park, and came across a house with birches in the yard. I knew it was your house. Then I saw the number on the gate. One and three, together. Too many signs. I made my way back quickly.

(Translated by Emilia-Georgiana Călinescu / 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 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 every few days. 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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