I loved each one of them. I climbed a spiral stair for the first one, eager to discover wonders at every step, tactile delights. For the second one I climbed down a ladder with seven stairs, then I fell waving my arms as if I was losing control, trying in vain to grab on anything else instead of the rose with thorns I received on my birthday. The next one built a ladder for me. It was a tiny ladder, so I could reach the top shelves where love was waiting for me, smiling. The other ones, and they were a lot, were clinging on the stairs adopted by my own self, step by step. They relished freedom.

(Translated by Roberta Maria Gulerez / 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, 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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