My dear Vama, thank you for welcoming me at your shore and for offering me sunrises on Bolero. You know, when I was once on my way to you I fell in love. I met him on that train that brings souls thirsty for you. I wasn't always fine when I visited you. You taught me that what I'm looking for looks for me and if there weren't clouds, the sunsets wouldn't be that great. You've changed since you've become famous. I've changed too. Do you want to know what stayed the same? He still has me X from the train in his phone.

(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 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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