I curl my pinkie around my mum\'s pinkie and we say it together. Fear, fear, disappear, I am not alone you see, my mummy is here with me. Fear fears both of us and it disappears. Today I dance with Darkness on thunderous tunes and I walk in heels on the scaffolds of a skyscraper. I tell ghost stories to the spiders and after I fly up on the clouds I dive straight into the depths of the ocean. I howl with the wolves at the moon and I paint using pig blood. I haven\'t stepped outside in about 10 years, but I\'m a writer and life is beautiful.

(Translated by Cristina Stan / 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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