It was a blazing night with the sky sprinkled with diamonds. I, somewhere in the Cappadociei's Valleys, was partying. We were all cultivated in our heads, drunk, rockers from times gone by, hipsters all the way; the discussion was about Byzantium, the holly stylites and the mirage of the Ottomans. At the outskirts of the village the fiddlers were bewailing at a wedding. I was head over heels over a guy and I wanted to impress him. All was good until people started talking about Vama. I was repeating after them, with dilated eyes the hard words, Şoni, Stuf, Cherhana, but it wasn't enough. They figured I had never been to Vama.

(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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