In the splashing of your epileptic hands I will try to get the meaning of life through this pin of reality. Hocus, pocus. Look at this virtual needle of nothing that I will stick in the echo of your paranoid nirvana. In my shadow there is a shadow that's afraid of its shadow and please, give a round of mimicked applause for its theatrical nervousness. With its help, I will make the needle penetrate through you at one, two, three. Watch out, the doors are opening. Next stop, Neverland station with the platform on the right side of the pin.

(Translated by Nina Tufă / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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