When I was 13 I thought the sand from Vama was magic. You'd plant a bashful kiss at dusk and it would grow into a love at dawn. So I asked a Vamaiot cousin to bring me a bag of send from there. He laughed his lungs out. I hold myself back from snapping out at him. I needed that cluster of magic dust from Vama. I wanted a story too. Of course he forgot. The love I found later, on a morning of May, in the garden behind the block, on the freshly sprang grass. I laughed. What a naïve girl. The magic was not in the sand.

(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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