The orchard includes an infinite number of steps, its trees had their tops far from the ground, almost in the sky, the house had a huge space to explore and the great deities - to whom I stretched my arms - needed to bend over to pick me up in their arms. That orchard has a finite number of steps now, its trees have their tops closer to the ground than to the sky, when I enter the door in the house, I keep my forehead leaned, my mother has shrunk to my shoulder and my father, is no longer to be seen, he is no longer seen at all.

(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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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