Today was that day today is the Day. I was shaking like a shake until these hours and then was a perfect time. The moon had that sharp edge as if it was a brooch catching two ends of the horizon. I started climbing the stair, I had made it perfectly and the air was as cold as ice cream. I threw the ends of the rope and tied them. Someone else had set foot on the moon, but to squirm like me, no way! I stood still for a while, my legs dangling. Oh God, what a wonder! Then I jumped slowly. Neil, I salute you.

(Translated by Roberta Ana-Maria Gulerez / 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 May 2022, the group has 8,350 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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