It's my favorite day. Then I expel all the evil. All the fear, the hesitation, all the shame. I take them out of me, spread them out in the air, transparent clothes on the invisible wire in front of everyone. This is always a frosty day, disinfecting everything. I immediately sit in the frozen sun. I feel the frosty light penetrate my entire skin to the bone, restore microscopically and remove the last molecule of humiliation. Then, when I became a body of golden glassy tanned ice, I set the unlikely day and write.

(Translated by Irina Giurgiu / 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 almost daily. 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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