I stand on the edge of the steep coast. My soul is a desert yearning for love. I breathe in. Three, two, one. One year's passed from the time I gathered everything good in me and gave it to you as a companion. Once again. Three, two. We were two. Now I am just one. One who pointlessly awaited your return. Three. Three steps are now between me and the end. My heart is hammering inside my chest. It's still alive, I tell myself. I close my eyes, put in my earphones. Freddie sings to me about miracles. I leave the chasm behind. I will love again. Love myself.

(Translated by Cristina Stan / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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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