Kneeling on the mountain ridge, I was getting married. I alone. Me with myself. The cold spring water blessed me. I hardly got there, I felt like giving up a few times, I felt that I was angry with myself and I couldn't forgive myself, but with the first Edelweiss I remembered my soul - books - music and that I stayed every time. It won't be long. At midnight I will return to my exercise bike and I will no longer recognize the wild woman dancing naked on a path that did not exist.

(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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