03.01.2023
She shook my hand boyishly, and the backpack fell off hershoulder, heavy. Where to? She blew her bangs from her eyes and the air turned green. To Paris. I'm becoming a painter. The trees rush past the train, I would count them as I did in my childhood, but instead I look at her in my attic in Montmartre, in my loose T-shirt, on which she wipes her brushes, while she shouts I love you, boy, and Paris becomes a train car, with trees rushing at the windows. Nice to meet you, Otti. Me too, to Paris.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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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