I am waiting for you to write me, I shouted when the train started moving. He answeredwaving his helmet, with a promise: I am going to write you everyday. In the beginning I was receiving three letters a week. Then, after a few months, one or two a week. In the eight year, the letters stopped. The news from the front were vaguer and vaguer. The war went on, but everybody was acting as if it was a handicap that had to be hidden. It will never end, he wrote last time. It will always be there, laughing at us.

(Translated by Ema-Teodora Rădulescu / 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 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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