She had been walking in the cold for several days. Her boots were covered in mud. She kept her baby daughter hidden under her clothes. "I need to find a place to breastfeed her", she thought to herself. She found a cave which seemed to be untouched by humans. Fearfully, she went in and fumbled around in the dark for minutes on end. She started to feel dizzy and her heart was racing. Then she blacked out. When she came to her senses, she found herself lying on moss and her baby sleeping at her breast. She couldn't figure it out where she was. She looked around, but she couldn't spot any wall.

(Translated by Valentina Mihai / 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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