If you go past the world's cherry tree, without noticing any boundaries, because it is inherently hidden in the human mind, you wake up, miraculously, in a parallel world. People without ages and without complexes walk leisurely, admiring other people without flaws, like exhibits in a simulated night of museums. There are no doors, only windows, the clocks have no minutes, and the words are cherries on dream cakes. People are smiling, unaware that you have to pay, and the password is the same as the Wi-Fi one.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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