Every time he leaves with business, a black cat crosses his way, an old lady appears out of nowhere with an empty bucket and even he retraces his steps. He took the principles out of hibernation, shook them hard and, unsatisfied, decided to dig about everything he considered to be tabu. He had enough of decency and interdictions so he will open his chakras, which had been numb for a long time. Meditating in paranormal, he got a tattoo on his forehead of the symbol sent by the inner universe. Tomorrow he will tattoo it on his own hologram. The reality and the virtual will protect him eternally.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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