It hasn't snowed for four years. Ana had just gotten divorced and vented her anger by building a snowman. After she finished, she went inside and boiled some water for tea. She noticed she has lost her ring. She regretted not having sold it, she could have gotten enough money from it. In the courtyard, the snowman became conscious. The ring was throbbing on his left side. Although he could not move, it did not bother him. He was getting more and more curious. He saw Ana at the window. A weird feeling. Afraid not to melt, he moved his gaze to the stars.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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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