That's what my grandfather used to say. That's where he met my grandmother, on a cloudy evening like the one on which he told me how much a little rain and a single umbrella can change two people's lives. He loved her very much. He once told me that no matter how sunny the weather and no matter where he was, it would always rain in Roman in his heart. Now, although the illness that plagues him doesn't even allow him to remember his name, in his rare moments of lucidity, he still stubbornly repeats two names. One a woman's and the other a town's.

(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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