Outcasts of the tribe at the end of the forest, a man and a woman kept on living their lives above and below ground, giving and sipping sap. Not that they cared for the whisperings carried by the wind from the depths of the forest. Happiness came from them, and they were enough for each other, under the blanket of green moss that warmed their souls. When the storm struck fiercely, they were not afraid. His strong arms gently embraced her slim body. The fruitful seed soon revealed its face, making the heartbeats even, between the divine and the mundane.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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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