Once upon a time, there was a dot that felt very lonely because meeting other dots was forbidden. The most desired wish was to have a friend like him, but around him he could only find words. One day, it seemed that, through all the lines, he got a sight of a comma. He called over, but that kind of sign was forbidden as well so he would not know if he had been heard. He failed to meet with the comma, so in the end, he gave in. I think it was only a dream, said he and moved quietly to the ending.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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 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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