I dream about myself in an ethereal nightmare of a train that gallops out of control, fading in a pitch black mouth, for it to arise in the diurnal slope of an ancient dilemma. Reaching on top of a hill, I spot my family members' bodies tied up to the railways. Death's throbs present me with a choice. Do I change the railway and I hit a group of children who party happily in the former wrecked station or do I reap my own light? The cold, damp sweat wakes me. Damn, even in my sleep I'm a metaphorical philosopher.

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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