Once upon a time, my boyfriend was silent for about three hours and a minute. When he finally began to speak again, he said nothing. But I kept encouraging him. And it wasn't in vain at all. For he was silent, as if his mouth no longer hurt. You almost wanted to say that he was some sort of a great speaker. He was silent in a low, tenor voice. Gesturing nothing. You said he hadn't kept silent for about a month. And I, as a good listener, encouraged him by speaking in one. Let him be heard in silence.

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ştefănescu / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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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