She crossed the border of a country that seemed welcoming. She dreamed of a life at least as beautiful as the one she had left behind. For the first month, her footsteps took her through winding streets, with lots of greenery, huge parks and people of all colours. Yes, mom, it's just like on TV. The world's nice, work's easy, I'm seeing friends in the evening. I have a full life. After she hanged up, she would pull the blinds and cry herself to sleep. Homesickness had built a nest for a cancer. As fine as it is, her forehead bears the stigma.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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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