A field of recently cut grass where all the people dear to me were happy. I ran barefoot to them. We hugged and began talking at the same time. We understood each other perfectly. Out of a sudden, a wild storm started. Raindrops didn't reach me, I couldn't feel the fresh-cut grass smell, I couldn't cry, laugh. I froze. The dear ones turned into strangers that spoke only dead languages. My guardian angel opened a beer and told me my place wasn't there.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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 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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