The meadow is so green and wide that I can't see its edge. It blends naturally with the sky, creating the illusion of a finite that makes my eyelid happy. I lie back and cup the tender grass with my palms. It's so much happiness, which rumbles in my chest like thunder. You lay down next to me, smiling. I silently look away, then roll back and forth towards you. Between us, white dandelions are begging for a dance-flight. I breathe lightly. The air fills and in the misty veil it begins to rain. I love this carpe diem. I wish it could stay here forever.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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