When you'll open your eyes, you'll become a host. Various beings will manifest themselves through your body. Are they dangerous? We don't know what kind of energy each of them carries. You will need to observe them. You will keep a journal in which you'll write what they're thinking. How will I tell my thoughts apart from the foreign ones? At first it will be hard. Will I feel pleasure, pain? We don't know. Can they kill me? Yes. Some of them are here just to kill their hosts. I think this way they will welcome me in the body. Is a body important? Yes. It's a portal. From infinite towards the finite.

(Translated by Daniela-Andreea Gugescu / 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 April 2022, the group has 8,175 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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