The white, ruffled hair, seemed like a hat that was too loose, that would not stay on his head. Owl-like eyebrows framed the eyes that were once coal black, and many more memories were blazing up from within, under the eyelids that fell like shutters over broken windows, through which the wind was cackling. His cheeks were small river rocks, carved by streams of sadness that sprung from his eyes, when he closed the gate in front of someone who wanted, but wasn't allowed to come in. A long time ago, he was a fisherman. His name was Peter.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Daria Protopopescu / 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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