I begin to rip the weeds with a hopeless anger. I come across some rotten wood that I throw away. This abandoned land deserts my wonderer soul. A soft breeze touches the linden tree. The little bench is still there. The dirt lumps at my feet bring me back memories. I see myself again in that abyss shouting as much as my 5-year-old chest allowed me: Why do hate her? What did she do to you? She's the best. Don't you see how is it in here? The paint had peeled off, the writing could barely be seen: Popa Maria 1954 - dec.1984.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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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