On the street with the smell of linden trees, no house is the same. You can sense Doina'samong the branches of the walnut tree burdened with memories that reigns in the coquettish courtyard. No neighbor had ever crossed her threshold. They witnessed to her journey from blind angles: she had entered the landscape as a ruddy young woman. Then shadows: a dreamy young man, a pile of books, a charming seducer, a sober and elegant senior. Then silence. Then a drick, after which a fragile and tearful Ottilia carries her flight on her shoulders. The street still smells of linden.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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