Almost, stop, is as far away as nowhere, in our corner of the Universe. I've been flying to you, stop, from the very beginning. I'm scribbling words to you, on the way, stop, where you are, firmly taking hold of deceitful moments and then I'm soaring once again captured, stop, swayed in the whirl of all things. In this vertiginous rush, stop, I've lost every happy moment, stop, and now I'm lost. I'm here, stop, perched on the third branch of the Milky Way. In the floating ocean of nothingness, stop, I light up two stars, stop, you have to find me, stop.

(Translated by Mihaela Dumitrescu / 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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