She was 16 and she had green eyes. She loved life and a blonde boy. He got married with his cousin. The fiery brunette got her revenge, by marrying. The war started. She suffered, she waited, she fell, she rose. A brunette man was admiring her from the shadows. She took advantage of it. She was thinking from time to time about the blonde boy. At the end of the war, she got married with the brunette. He loved her. Oh, how much he loved her! They had a baby girl. He died. So much she mourned! In her dreams the wind was blowing. She had nightmares. The brunette left. Then, on the wings of the wind, she loved him as well. The end.

(Translated by Roberta Maria Gulerez / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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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