I was notified a bit late, but I still manage to run on the pontoon and embark on the last sun that pulls ashore. I packed my knitting needle, to knit a scarf for the boy, and a handkerchief with kisses on the forehead, as a fortune. The day is clear and the mast is carried on waves with soft foam to the imperceptible west. I reach the other shore where a cart with a cover and the moon hanging like a street lamp is waiting for me. I don't have much time left, and I squeak, I sing, and I dance, wrapped in ivy. It's time for everything, I'm not complaining.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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 May 2022, the group has 8,350 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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