I was dreaming intensely about this moment; I was projecting hundreds of scenarios keeping me up at night, hoping that at least one of them would materialize. Some time passed, but the wound of my soul is so fresh that years turn into seconds in your presence. I was often searching for you in the world, and I was projecting moments when we would meet again and wouldn't be strangers with memories but two people with unrequited love. I'm watching you now, you're touching me, but I don't feel anything anymore. You were my greatest love; I will keep you in words.

(Translated by Camelia Diaconu / 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 April 2022, the group has 8,175 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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