It was one of those days. When my drink needed a drink before listening to me. Now tell me about it. I saw a suicide, a girl threw herself under the train at the metro station. I took the tracks with me. And I put them next to her on the counter. Did you ever think of, you know that stupid questionnaire? Of course I thought about it. If only out of vanity. How many will cry, how much will it rain. Yeah, it's been raining for a month, if only the sun had come out for 10 minutes today, that girl would have hung her fall on it. Maybe she'd be here with us. Like us. Ah, here she comes.

(Translated by Andreea Grinţescu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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