My name is Flight. I've got silky feathers. They have ametallic grey andradiant emerald color. I've carried hundreds of messages around the whole world. Big secrets and small secrets. I was blessed to have my fellow owner by my side for 13 years. The second owner bought me nine months ago. I am tired. He knows it. That's why he only schedules short trips for me. The woman who stole his heart is so beautiful. Hair as golden as a late summer scene. Today it was somebody else who attached the note to me. I sighed when I reached the destination. I closed my eyes. She sighed too. Latest news. It's raining.

(Translated by Alin Sescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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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