He watched me amazed as I was immersed in the rows of books every day instead of playing. I told him that I read until I about myself, time and space, and the printed words sometimes turned into birds. One day, he left a note in my backpack. So, I dragged my steps and curiosity to that address, with the doubt holding my hand. The strange child in me had easily found room 101. I clung to the door and listened to the suspicious silence. The library hugged me. My books will be here, I promise to myself.

(Translated by Alina-Mihaela Burciu / 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 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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