For many years they would split the thread. They were celebrating the baccalaureate at the seaside. Parties, laughter, and sun. Only Marc, the shy one, was standing back looking into a horizon of nowhere. On the last day, he told them that he had spoken to Adele. I know how to beat the time, to be with her, he continued strangled with his eyes shining. They called him crazy. Adele, his girlfriend, had died in an accident. After 30 years, they met again at the sea and Ana swore that she had seen them on the beach. They also have children, she told them. The next day she disappeared too.

(Translated by Georgiana Carmen Rădulescu / 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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