Life is short, I tell you with sparkling eyes. Listen to me, I know what I'm saying, or rather dream of me. Dream, I tell you, do not postpone and put desires in your thoughts. Because only them, the desires, give meaning to the passage of time. Look at me. Ready? Close your eyes, okay? Come on, join hands. Now. Do not miss the moment, for I will disappear in a thousandth of a second, but my sight will linger deep in your hearts. Life is beautiful, shouted the star enthusiastically and hurled herself, with a triple jump, into the arms of the fall.
(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.