I am trying to tear you out of my head. How far did you get? Have you passed beyond me? You are in the collective subconscious, whatever this means. No more Jung, Freud and other disturbed people. I want to turn back time so in that particular day I would've gone straight home. Let's accept life how it is. I am learning how to swim, apparently in adulthood I am trying to fill even more voids. I learned how to dive, I learned how to jump in the water. I will do the same with you, I will jump and dive up to the depths of the subconscious and I will tear you out of myself.

(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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