She held out her hand with a feeling of unease. He barely took a look at her and he jumped out of his own skin. He then grabbed her palm and while he was frowning, he was outlining with his fingertips the labyrinths in the light. You will go through something that will bring you very close to death, he pointed out. But this thin line, almost invisible, says you'll live though. Pray more often, he said looking at her intensely, the lines may change. When it's the middle of life, she wondered, leaving the place. Nobody knows, he muttered in the end.

(Translated by Ioana Oacheșu / 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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