I'd like a one-way ticket. I would like to be able to stand still without being paralyzed. My eyes to be coloured in an icy blue, so I can freeze with my sight. My amygdala to be covered with a cold layer of ice to keep it there, well.
To be able to cause cold shivers down the spine. To stiffen my face in laughter. To be able to put out the fire. To slow down my pulse. To break into a million pieces, turn myself into an igloo and with the rest to make millions of Mojitos with which to get drunk from in case that the ice cap melts.

(Translated by Mihaela Ţarida / 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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