It's not so bad to be a scarecrow in a cornfield. Temporary loves, enemies that scared me, childish games and well-hidden secrets have passed me by. I could go on, but who would listen? On full moon evenings, I confess to my raven friend. Only he knows that I desperately wish I had been a fool. Eh, the field trembles in disbelief. He doesn't share my desires. You are ungrateful. You don't even deserve to be guarded. The wind is gettingworse. The straw head falls. The field is sad. 

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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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