The energy of so many people together is overwhelming. I'm afraid I'm falling off my feet, knocked down by the force of so many inner worlds. I'm getting in. The light blinds me and, of course, I see nothing in front of me. I only hear a rumble. The guitar, the first sound of it, and the crowd explodes. I close my eyes and start singing. I open my arms and embrace Humanity. Hello, ma'am, are you crazy? Get down immediately and shut up, or I'll call the police. I took off my headphones, got off the table, and ran. I can't go to Ikea any longer.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Ilie / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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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