That's where I met you, Hanna, and that's where I fell in love for the first time. You set up your tiny tent right on the beach, in the red cliff bay of Costineşti. You and your sister, two unconscious girls, go to the wide world, with backpacks on their backs. I still feel the peach taste of our first kiss. The next day I found only the marks of your feet on the sand. You wrote to me that you had to leave in a hurry because the tanks of the Great Friend were already crushing the cobblestones of your little town.

(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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