Did a few flakes fall when you were cleaning the sheets this morning? Did you feel a strange breeze, out of the blue, like that? Did you see, looking at the clock, couples of numbers? Don't be afraid, a lady is writing to you from heaven. It happened after a cold autumn rain. I was brave, by not having an umbrella. You can imagine the rest. It would be important to mention that the cure hadn't been found. Whatever, my line of work didn't help either. But I am content. I made rivers of tears flow. I made a writer famous. I still like camellias.

(Translated by Jessica-Polixenia-Cristiana Copilaș / 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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