When I saw her on the first day of 9th grade, my heartbeat stopped such that I thought Ihad to go to the nurse. At the dance, she dropped her headband, I gave it back to her and ran. In 10th grade, I wiped the board and our hands touched over a lesson on the heart. I laughed and went out to wet my sponges, to dry my sweat. In 11th grade, I whispered to her in a gorgeous accent when she told me to help her in French. Last day. I told her I'd always liked her strange but beautiful name. Who are you again? I haven't seen her since.

(Translated by Andreea Grințescu / 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 every few days. 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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