From the spice box I got some basil, I ran to the garden and I hid it in the barrel filled with soil in which nothing was growing. It was the last day there, but time passes as we take care of it. And yesterday here, in the city, the clock of the Dome stopped unexpectedly, when on a table of a bistro a stalk of basil defied autumn. And you, there, far away, laughed to me next to the barrel that had become green. You planted and it bloomed. In the great city, the clock of the Dome restarts- tick-tock- always towards the future.

(Translated by Ema-Teodora Rădulescu / 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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