She was a specialist in hypnosis. She was fascinated by the subconscious, the automatic pilot of late experiences illuminated by the wakefulness of consciousness brought to the edge of the past. She entered everyone's dream and led their steps to healing. When she met him she knew it would be difficult. She would have to fight directly, alongside him, not with a memory, but with a present reality. And she did. With her mind, with her soul, with her life until she won. He, healthy, fell in love. With someone else. She remained beyond, in the subconscious. Because he had forgotten her.

(Translated by Elena Patricia Măroiu / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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