I had a gift: I used to see people's faces made out of numbers and I could read their fate on their foreheads. It was a gift until the moment I met him. He, too, had two eyes, two ears, a mouth and a nose, but in his eyes lied so much restlessness I immediately wanted to embrace him and turn the storm in his eyes into a calm sea, I wished his eyes became a mirror of my life. It was not my best idea. His eyes were filled with the memories of his past lives.

(Translated by Daniela-Andreea Gugescu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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