The freshman year. I had fallen in love, at least I thought so, I was feeling something astonishing. As shy as a doll from the shop window. A teen with his first identity card. Even though he was sitting right in front of my desk, we were talking through intermediaries. Through my colleague, who would tell her colleague. And I bought a guitar. I had become a little bolder. The electro thug who would smoke with the gang behind the high school and sing at the literary circle. But she, her colleague and my colleague transferred to other classes. I still have the guitar. I have been taking it with me throughout my life.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoş / 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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