I am 46 years old; I have a tomcat and I am a journalist. I am writing for a quasi-anonymous magazine, and I am doing research about the Molobongo tribe. Weird little humans. They are born with their eyes glued, like kittens, living their existence in the dark. They can move their eyelids only when they die and all they see before catching their last breath is the face of their loved one. Now I am haunted by the idea of a pulsating darkness, of a drop from the light thirsty for love, of a life ending which is on the verge of starting, in which nothing can be lived until the end.

(Translated by Roberta Ana-Maria Gulerez / 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 November 2021, the group has 7.500 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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