She was sitting on a bench right in front of me. I never got to forget her green gaze, no matter how much I tried. There have been many times when I searched for her, moments when, in my foolish naivety, I believed that we might be able to get back together from a relationship that ended so badly and so soon. I was left dumbfounded, having no clue what words to utter. Daddy, I'm hungry, my son's crystal clear voice woke me from thought. I looked him in the eye, took his hand, and headed straight home, never looking back. Wrong time, wrong place.

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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