A glimmer of light crushed through the windows touched the round room smoothly. Next to a wall, a pencil and a screen placed on a desk. Someone had recently written: I woke up. He added with a pencil in the air: I'm playing. On the other wall, a huge bookcase. He took out a volume and opened it at random: May 12th, 1984. It was a diary he had never written. In the back, a wide-opened computer, and in the front, a closed door, two vents, and two windows. He opened one eye and saw the pillow and alarm clock.

(Translated by Paula-Silvia Codescu / 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 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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