When the moon would dress in dreams and the days weren't being counted, up, above the world, among the stars, stories were being born. It was a given, not a conscious effort, no one was keeping track. Sometimes, when a star would fall, it would take along a story, divide it into two equal parts and let them fly away, like one would do with the dandelion fluff that found itself idling where you least expected it. What no one knew though was that the story remained a story as long as the halves searched for each other. Once found, it would become a happening and everything would change.

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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