I saw every day in a different colour. Monday was the colour of the moon. Tuesday was the colour of warm milk with caramel. Wednesday was coloured like a road made of bricks. Thursday was the colour of green nuts shells. Friday was like a cloudless sky. Saturday was like the sun emerging from the sea. Sunday was coloured like the deserted beaches. When I grew up, I took the colours with me, in the adults' black and white world. Perhaps this is why I do not understand those people who hate Mondays. For me, it is just the silver day of the week.

(Translated by Raluca Simion / 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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