The voices coming from the wall were driving me crazy. I moved the wardrobe aside. Behind it, there was a door. I open it. All my virtual friends were in that room. I recognized the man with blue eyes who troubled my dreams. We kissed. It was much better in my dreams. On a screen, there were pictures of a forest. The virtual started to suffocate me. I began to miss the birches. I wanted to get out. The door had no knob. I started to scream. Beyond the wall, a woman was on Facebook and gave heart reacts to a man with blue eyes.

(Translated by Irina Bîlcan / 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, 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, 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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