When autumn comes I wear a quince leaf on my lapel. You never know. When rainy days come, I pick up some depressed girl that's walking around without an umbrella and walk her around the park, until she's soaked in confessions and crying, and she feels my empathy when I lick the tears off her cheek. She doesn't even think it strange when I cover her hair with a cheap plastic bag and take her up to my loft, which seems to be warmer after a vegetable dinner. We start to pour off and I don't know how things get messed up, for she's unhappy. There, another one leaves my place in a sour mood.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucașu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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