We were writing each other for a year when I told her I want to meet her in real life. We meet in an eat in the dark restaurant. She waited for me there, at an obscure table. I memorized her voice and the touch of her hand. But I still hadn't seen her and I really wanted to but I was afraid of telling her. I mustered up the courage and told her. I want to see you so bad, see how you really are. She took my hands in her hands and whispered: now you see me in reality. This is my reality.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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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