The summer was flowing streams, under the gate, the yard was getting flooded by light, the climbing rose was clinging to the present moment, I was carrying my mother's red silk dress on the sidewalk, like a train and my legs were sticking out through her golden, high-heeled sandals, all the children from the neighborhood were full of a maddening expectation, and our eccentric uncle, who arrived from a big city named Bucharest was taking out the pick-up on the garden window, in the filtered shadow of the roller blinds and shouting at us: today we are learning tango.

(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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