I was on a crowded street when it suddenly hit me. I began to run. An old woman grabbed my hand and gave me a piece of silk, showing me an open door. I rushed inside and I immediately felt that specific relief. The paper was missing and the silk didn't seem like a good idea. I found a crumpled newspaper, which smelt weird but seemed clean. I got out and lit my lighter into my hand to light a cigarette. The explosion, flight and decomposition followed. I woke up panicked. What do you think about this?

(Translated by Diana Simulescu / 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 every few days. 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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