If it's true that no encounter is accidental, that our loved ones have been close to our hearts in other lives too, then we will meet again. Maybe you won't be my friend, maybe you'll be my father, brother or boyfriend, but my soul will know how to find you. You might say that it is only my hope that we will never get lost, but I say that it is inevitable. Because this is not something I've felt today or yesterday, but it comes from a long time ago and this form of energy, which I am, will always seek to merge with the light that you are to me.
(Translated by Anca Cristina Ilie / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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.