He, dressed in an azure shirt, with slacks and shoes. She, in a polka dot summer dress. They were the most beautiful young people in town. They drank tea and walked in the park. They were in love, but they couldn't tell each other from the first date. I had to choose between them and a wealthy couple from Japan. I chose them, because I knew how much they would love me, even for a short time. Before I was born, I saw the movie of my life, then I forgot everything and was sent to live.

(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / 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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