I will never forget you. You were my first. My first Man. My cheeks were burning red. My palms were frozen, but happy. With every snowflake gathered in the cup of my hands, I put another piece of you. By afternoon you where complete. With a well-fixed nose, with buttons as frozen as my fingers, with a crooked hat, towering in the white-covered yard. You took me with you, on the other side of the cold cover. It was nice. Sunny. We snowed together, in the universe of innocence. You were my first man. Snow man. It's snowing.

(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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