It was an afternoon summer. The radio was playing in the background and I was dancing on the rhythm like I was about to move mountains and start walking on water. The sound coming from the doorbell brought me down to earth so violently, that pieces of me remained suspended in the daydream. Through the peephole, I saw the mailman, who I've been suspecting to be lost in time. Yes, do you have something for me? A letter, sir. Through the door cracked open he handed me the envelope I was waiting, but wasn't ready to open actually. Once opened, I had to accept that I wasn't a little kid anymore.

(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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