The dream came from nowhere and flowed to nowhere. She saw herself dressed in velvet, wearing thin high heels, and her nails were decorated like those of rich women. Her heart began to frighten her, noisily, for she did not find herself in the other, even though she was still herself. She calmed down only when she woke up in her small, cheap bed, under the crocheted blanket, while, sitting on the round coaster, the metal alarm clock went off announcing that it's 6 o'clock. God, thank you for the fact that the truth is bearable, she whispered and wiped off the fear in her hands with the flannel of the nightgown.

(Translated by Claudia Alexandra Văcărescu / 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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