When I counted my sins, there was one more than there would be tomorrow. You held me in your arms telling me there's no sin in being present in yourself and counted the sunsets on my phone. You showed me how many missed calls I had before you started calling me, and I was embarrassed each time I held your picture in my hand. I created you from memory even though in this life we had never met, but you kept appearing in my dreams, telling me to be careful what I wished for, as it might become true to me. I whispered about you into the Universe.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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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