Vama is a dear friend of mine from another life. I have so many memories with it that I could write a river novel. Or rather a Young and Restless type of screenplay. Every grain of sand from Vama has something of my noisy laughter, and every fragment of shell glows a tear of mine. At the feet of the sea I left my dreams, so it could carry them at distance, where it meets the sky. It always brought me back what I wanted, the way I wanted it. Not everything I wanted and received was good.

(Translated by Paula-Silvia Codescu / 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 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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