I grabbed the long, silken dress, trying to get out of the carriage. The hat had slipped over my eye and I couldn't see the steps. On the back of my neck, strands of hair started to fall, one by one. There, I ruined my loop. Silvi, allow me to lend my help, said the man with the top hat, as he took my hand. He was just going out of the bank. Do we know each other? Oh, my dear, how is this possible? The got stuck and we both fell. You're still clumsy, little one. Last time we met, you offered me sweet bread with pepper. You were five.

(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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