You've only just parted from us and we're still shaking it off, surprised by the news. We call each other, we wash our cheeks with tears. You held us apart from your worries. If we had known how much it hurts, we could have supported you sooner. If we had known how we could comfort you, when you went to comfort the sick with your gentle hands. Now it's too late. You have surrounded yourself with angel wings and curled up in them. When you were born, God exhaled a living spirit through your nostrils, today he has inhaled it again. You are in Him again, somewhere, far. Don't forget us.

(Translated by Ioana Busuioc / 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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