I'm Rose. And from somewhere in the world, Wolfie is taking care of me. I'm his moon, and he is my heart. Always together. I look at a fixed point and mechanically repeat to myself, like a sad mantra, our story. We found ourselves huddled in a bubble of air and breathing slowly, very slowly, to get oxygen for as long as possible. The bubble burst, space was tight and we couldn't move freely. In the vortex that formed, our hands were lost. He let you go. No, the fog will disappear and he will be there. Then why are you crying, Rose?

(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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