18.03.2022
We returned in the place where together with you, we would choose to shorten the road through unfenced orchards instead of crossing the beaten and conventional paths. You were always in a hurry to anywhere and I thought it would be like that forever. For a sigh I stumbled over your shadow and folded it with forgotten caresses from the cold slab it had frozen. Then I intertwined in my own inability to keep my word, and I wandered with all the diamonds flowing on my cheeks, in my childhood with you in my soul.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / 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 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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