After the accident, while waiting for the diagnosis, he dreamed that he was handicapped all his life, a child raised by a piano. His hands gave birth to raindrops on the keys of a black and white childhood. At concerts he would have had his dry feet hidden under a blanket, but he would have felt in his feet the burning joy of running on the beach. A taxi driver had pushed his seat to the shore, and now he was holding the answer on his knees: will he ever walk again? He threw it sealed into the water and began to conduct the sea: child, we will walk on music.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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 every few days. 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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