She was in an almost empty room, with no windows, no furniture, no wooden walls, and only one door. She opened the door and stepped into a dark corridor that seemed to never end, but eventually reached a theatre with empty seats. She sat down on one of the red chairs. A play was being prepared on stage. The actors came and sat in predetermined positions. Everywhere there were pieces of mirror suspended by invisible wires on which images rolled. In the middle of the stage a bed and on the bed a silhouette.

(Translated by Elena Creţu / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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