I'll tell you a secret. I've always thought flying is the authentic expression of freedom and of the birds as its messengers. How many times have you dreamed that you are a bird, flying? Have you ever flown over as much as your mind and thoughts can encompass? Have you gazed upon the colors of earth, the whirling oceans, the forests set alight by the hues of the dawn? Have you felt the wind's gentle breeze of the warm summer evenings, as your wings were floating through the white, fluffy clouds? What? The session ended? But I want more, as much as 200 lei are worth.

(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 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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