He awoke somewhat groggily from the doze that had been induced to him by the sway and rhythm of the train wheels. He felt the flutter of wings and saw her settle majestically around him. Black all over, she arched her long neck, lifting her red beak into the air. Only the tips of its wings were slightly white. In the twilight silence a tear came to her eyes and the streak left on her cheek. Oh, angel of silence, from whence did you come down into my life, you swallow-wrapped egret? Well, I didn't come down, I got on. From Copșa Mică.

(Translated by Andreea Grințescu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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