It's been 30 years since she made that painting. It now portrays a room with a burning chimney, the open door towards the snow outside and a chair with thrown clothes on it. Back then, that was the first reunion after the scorching July of Costinești, the falling-in-love, the love storms rampaging on the beach at sunrise, at night on the amphitheater stairs or in the cabins temporarily checked out by colleagues and stowaways. Looking at the painting, I kept reminiscing about all those hot winter evenings at the mountainside. That's all that's left. A memory and a painting.

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / 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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