I loved you for 254 days. Oh, how dearly I held you and how much I was longing for our rendezvous! Your voice was running through my skin, it was swarming, warming up my limbs, my bones, my mind. My mornings would start with your playful smile, with your dry puns while we were drinking our coffee. I never told you that I found them boring because I admired the way you would tell them. You were my sun in a grey Great Britain. My dear Sun, you went down two days ago. I found myself a lantern and I am reading sadly, before going to sleep. Stuck on the second page.

(Translated by Roberta Ana-Maria Gulerez / 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 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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