When his wife gave him the child he had dreamed of, Takumi was 60 years old. He didn't care that she was a girl, he loved her more than the cranes love the sky. That day he planted a tree and its leaves trembled green as his heart trembled for Aiko's sake. But one day a strange rain made the tree grow until its shadow covered the wife's heart. Cut down the tree and use its wood to make a Geta for Aiko. She must be a geisha. He dragged on for as long as he could but when the sandals were ready, Takumi's soul turned into a crane. 

(Translated by Beatrice Porumb / 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 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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