I have become earth to be your home. You sprang up, biting me with baby teeth, and fed on water and sun. When you grew up, I took hold of your roots so tight that you could never leave me. Neither rain nor wind will move you, you will bend only to kiss my burnt soles and rise again, stronger. And we shall be together field, air, sap, we shall be lofty heights of raw green. We will fructify and become a warm meal for the hungry mouths of mankind. Whole fields.

(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / 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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