They found his heart in a glacier after decades. On nights with a full moon, it was still beating. He reminded everyone about the story told from the ancestors. The woman who had loved too much, too hotly, then, to everyone's surprise, had thrown herself into that mess. It was rumoured that one of her lovers had gone mad. He had retreated into the woods and sought her shadow at the foot of the cliffs. They never found him. Maybe it didn't even exist. Maybe it was just a hallucination. One as magical as other human imaginations.

(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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