Wearing a blue dress, a nugget ribbon in her hair, and with the cross-breed dog beside her, she stood in the train station and waited. The ribbon she had from him, so that it would tame her. And he did so with three children. And a lot of love. She was waiting for him in the station, when he came home from work, no matter the weather. Until he tired and didn't get off the train anymore. A nurse went up to her. Ma'am, let's get going, we'll come back tomorrow. You're leaving her here, alone? Of course. The children sold her house and took her to a nursery. She never saw them since. She forgot everything. She only knows she should come out here and wait for her husband. Her and the dog. Two strays.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / 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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