Every night I dream about a figure of an imperfect, undefined woman, who invites me to carve her with my touch. Every night I work carefully, trying out various combinations of shapes and colors. I forget everything until morning, but I keep waking up overtired. Family days have become inexplicably boring and without knowing why, I look forward to seeing her again at nights. One night, I managed to finish (I was done to her left shoulder and shoulder blade). She turned to me smiling, holding a mirror in her arms.

(Translated by Iulia-Teodora Urea / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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