His blue eyes sparkle as he narrates, the tale embounds him like a fever. I rode the dragon which exhales flames. I cast out the evil spirits. My people were gentle and good - they were bringing me tasteful victuals and by night they were telling me stories gathered around the world. The friends listen him and never disagree with him; they know how ill he was when he was little. In order to defeat the disease, some of them build walls. Others - stories. Once in a while somebody stands up and hugs him. He's still here. He won.

(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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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