I'm walking home with my earphones in. I go through the park that's filled with memories, I get a familiar feeling. That song that's in the background of every memory starts playing - it was my mom's favourite. I gaze at the swing in which I used to sit and look at the sky every night, it was always the one on the left. I see the tree that we used to climb and tell stories in, hoping that they would come true. Granny was the one that used to bring me here. She always brought freshly baked cabbage pie. And then the song ends, and my memories with it.

(temă în parteneriat cu Ideo Ideis, 2022)

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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