The world was forming as if it was an unusual puzzle. People were either sat in rows or in columns. The undecided ones were lured in the end. The ones who refused were removed permanently. Hoping for a miracle, I ran into the forest. I found it there - it was huge, red, dappled, standing in one le as if it was guessing my thoughts. I let myself allured by the taste of nature, still alive, then I tried to grow suddenly and then, looking down, I saw Johnny Depp. He was fixing his hat, smirking.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 every few days. 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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