So what if it rains? A girl and her two dogs are lying in the large holiday car, the back doors wide open. She, covered with a chequered blanket, from under which only her pink, fluffy socks can be seen, on both sides at her feet are the dogs like two black, protective sphinxes. They're watching the rain. Nay. The mountains. And the woods. And the warmth of life. She's sipping tea from a tin cup. Nothing more beautiful than this autumn, the two dogs think, sniffing the infinite. Nothing more beautiful than this autumn, answers the girl's heart.

(Translated by Alexandra Lica / 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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