Blue. No, I'm not sad. It's true I'm not happy either, I just lost my time. No, I don't know where. If I knew, I wouldn't have lost it. But this is not what I want to talk about, I'm sure I'll find it tomorrow morning, lying around. As I was saying, I'm blue and I have to do something about it. I'm getting old and I have two white canvases on the wall, waiting to be painted. No, I'm not a painter, but I live with one, who picks me from the jar he keeps me in, dips me in blue and says: come on, Johnny, let's paint.

(Translated by Cătălina-Diana Teliban / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.300 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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