The moon was shining through the soft mist as Seiko sat down on the tatami with the little flake vines hanging from the dagger. Madame Kiriko stepped in silently. She pinned back her long black hair, gently kissing the fragile neck. Through the rice paper two little girls watched that surreal scene. The courtyard was a miniature recreation of Mount Fuji and their mother's home village. Koi fish swam in tiny circles of memories. Nabuko Ito looked her wife straight in the eye. She ran her open palm through him: see you soon, honey. The screech of a Red Crane brought death close.

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / 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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