It had rained a lot that evening. I do not know if it was the clouds or my tears, but it had formed a river. Miruna's doll was floating with its right hand in the air like waving goodbye. The bruise your palm left was surrounding my eye like a forced hug. The sun was still up. I remember I picked up Miruna to my chest, I took some of her little things and left, with our chained shadow lurking behind us. I opened my eyes only after I passed the gate and climbed up into a colorful sky. It had rained a lot that evening.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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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