I went along and offered her my hand, settled on downright disproval to whatever she had to say. I thought she might want to steal my watch, but she hurried to say I don't want to take it, plus it's on the other hand. Yes, that's right. And it belongs to your grandfather, anyway; he had been buried with it. A cold shiver ran over my body and the watch was gone. Your grandfather says to watch out for those who are after your childhood. She raised her eyes and I could see she was blind. Yes, I can only see what's beyond, and you are here, entwined in the magic of life.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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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