Rainbow Station. I arrived at the end of it and forgot to punch the ticket. With my eyes on the beauties of the road, with my mind on our reunion. The doors opened, but my feet became disobedient. As if something was holding me back. A soft hand gripped my shoulder and whispered warmly: miss, please present your travel ticket. Aaa, I Aaa, well, you see Silvi? Is it you? Silvi that sat on the second to last desk from the window? Radu? I recognized the smile that used to make my knees melt in 12th grade. Răducu?

(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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