It was dark and I was cold. I untied my hair, which was tied in a ponytail. I thought that way my head wouldn't hurt anymore. Shards of window glass began to pour from my hair. I remembered a car in the wrong lane, the overtaking, the ice on the road, the abyss. And the silence. A door opened. Mihaela M. Scânteie? timidly asked a tall, long-haired guy, who was smoking a cigarette and reading from a notebook. Yes, I said in a hoarse voice that didn't sound like mine. I'm Peter, let's judge how much, whom and what you loved on Earth.

(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / 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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