It's neither too big nor too small. Not too much wood, not too much stone. Somewhere between sky and water. It's too cold in summer, too white in winter. Hidden under leaves and acorns, lit by the sun and whitened by rain. Far enough away from the noise, but close enough to civilization. With colorful dream rooms and dark corners where lead soldiers hide. No mirrors, just time to look at you. With secrets whispered in the pillow and screams flying over the window. Sometimes with you, often without us.

(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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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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