If my quill were to speak the language of life, turning love into a social norm, and were my soul to be a resounding bell, I'd fill the deaf ears of mad tyrants with the music of my heart. If I were to hold the gift of prophecy in my pen, and all that is hidden in the dark ages of science or the secrets locked away in the caskets of the mind - to know their light, so that I might move the sun over to the sky of my page and have the stars shine atop my forehead like a crown of thoughts. Only then would my faith in You would bloom and I would be a good man.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / 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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