She, a fake elf from a small gift shop, haunting the streets adorned with the crystal-clear sounds of Christmas carols, a young woman overwhelmed by too many uninspired decisions, haunted by the uncertainty of unanswered questions. He, a man seemingly too perfect to be true. Sometimes the answers are accompanied by too much pain. She, a poor patient, a number on the waiting list for a new life, he, a heart still pulsing with life, a new chance, a new beginning.

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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 every few days. 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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