The roar of the crowd was penetrating through the swinging doors between the stage and the artists' booths and the MC couldn't calm it down, it desired an encore. The lead singer was hitting his head against the wall, he had a crown of blood on his forehead and with his hands crucified on the wall, he tried to calm his still-pulsing with energy body. Each howl in thousands of voices had intoxicated him, but he understood how deeply the music vibrated in the others only when the first-row girl with ocean eyes lifted the paper that read Without you, I would have committed suicide.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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