My boyfriend is fed up with my stories. So, I started telling them to the walnut tree in front of the window. One morning, I woke up with a branch grown close to my bed. The branches were climbing on my walls and they lifted me to the sky. I lived happily in the clouds for a while. Then, as I was watching Netflix with the pigeons lined up on my couch, my boyfriend cut the walnut tree. He lost me for good. However, a pigeon tells him a story of mine every night.

(Translated by Ioana Oacheșu / 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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