Welcome to my castle. Thank you. This way. From the main saloon, to the left and to the right, begin the great saloons, numbered by 10. Why this way? Because in each of them, there lives the shadow of a love, and these have each brought me ten good things. There is plenty to see in these rooms. Do not hurry to get from one to the other, just like I did. Do you regret not staying in one? I don't know. And in the last room, the one at the end? That is where my loneliness resides. There is nothing to see there.

(Translated by Marta Fulga / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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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