I kissed you for the last time in front of the theatre we went together the whole summer. I completely let go the hand I had entrusted my heart into, asking you not to break it. My shadow started to wander alone through the city, and your shadow faded behind my hurried steps. My hand started to pet the kitten at the corner of the building and this was the way I forgotten how your skin felt under my touch. I realized I completely forgotten you when I couldn't replay in my mind anymore the sound of your voice. Our love lasted just one summer. Autumn begins without you.

(Translated by Diana-Maria Croitoru / 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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