How long does it take a letter from Paris to arrive? At most, a week. She died ten days ago, how she could send it? It probably took longer, is a holiday season. He was squeezing the harsh paper of the envelope where she laid her neat handwriting. He throws the letter on the table. You're not opening it? No. you are not curious to find what her last thoughts were? Curious? Yes, curious. Not at all, he said and walking away, with the wave from which his words flowed back. Not at all. Curiosity is life.

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 every few days. 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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