Thirty stories were crammed into her heart. Without them she was afraid she would look crippled. The moment I met her, I gave her one of my magic swords, so that she would give up at least one of them. That's how I scared her. She curled up small in a corner of the world and told me not to look for her, because she had no room for me there. Then I kissed her on the tip of one of her long claws, often lost in the grass. Years have passed since then and slowly, I too am becoming a story. Maybe the only one, because the others committed suicide.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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