You know what's more refreshing than a deep sleep? To wake up in your mother's house, decorated with the smell of sausages made on the stove. I touch the ice flowers that have sprung up at her window with my warm palm and look at the landscape frozen. Across the stream that delimits the street from nature, there are three deer grazing in an abysmal silence. I whisper to my mother for fear of scaring them, and we both watch the divine spectacle unfold in the cold outside. The most beautiful February day I have ever experienced.

(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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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