One day he told her that he was leaving on a ledge of Goodbye and would sit there climbing, dangling his legs in dismay at his own helplessness. He admitted to him that he loves another, a sensitive girl who is also attentive to his needs, a girl with brown eyes with green iridescence, soft and full of light who nestles against his chest when she cries, who laughs loudly at his stupid jokes, who scolds him like a mother and loves him like an innocent child. I'm going to the Beginnings. I don't want to keep her waiting. See you soon.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Mușetescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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