3 you're getting more and more relaxed, 2 your body is very light, 1 you're there. Lights out. I open my eyes and see a baobab forest, the Sun is purple and there are stars in the sky. I see grandpa swimming in a river of alcohol, while grandma lays down her dead baby in the hot air balloon. Mom is 6 and she pulls me by the hand to show me her dolls. It smells like chamomile and among the flowers, I see a dwarf holding a lamp. Excuse me, where are we? In the historical center of your subconscious.

(Translated by Eleonora Manea / 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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