My dear brain, you know my left ventricle like no other. Well, I arranged it for someone else. We met in a storybook. It hugged me and we browsed until the morning. With it, I can love to my heart's content and give myself to everyone. It's my new Brain. I'm not alone anymore. You fenced me too much and you messed up too many plans. I don't want the same answer to different questions. I'm not cerebral anymore. I am pulsing of life. Although I'm in a cage, I'm free. Yours, heart.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Muşetescu / 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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