Listen, I'll tell you what do to if she's so dear to you. You know that plain hillside with that lonely and deserted birch. You climb it a few nights, right when the full moon is biting into the cliff, and you shout as loudly as you can that you love her and that you will bring her the moon in the sky soon, when it's the size of a nail, so it's easier to carry on your back. And I'll go to her and put in a good word for you. Her hand was warm and soft like a breeze. At the top of the hill? Oh, a lunatic, arguing with the moon. Love is stolen quietly, in a whisper.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / 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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