It rains as if the sky has opened the recesses of its heart and let out all the liquid longing it has gathered since it parted from the earth. It's summer, the raindrops are warm, their touch is so pleasant, 16 sighs. 5 tosses away her umbrella and sandals and then, barefoot, stomps through every puddle as if in a tribal dance. You'll catch a cold, 55 shouts, raising an eyebrow. You've ruined your dress, 38 notes bitterly. And the rain has fallen in love with you, he says, and all of them, meekly, jump into his arms.

(Translated by Camelia Diaconu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Eliana Ionoaia / 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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