He carried on with his life from one day to the next, as you carry sacks to the mill. Except for flour, nada. Either the mill was broken, or the sacks had some sort of defect. He's uselessly thinking about the bearings of the world, for he has no place in it. For a while now he had turned so blue that he had coloured the sky and the ground around him blue as well. And there was no way to please him. Only his fulfilled desires made him feel real. Then God invented Aladdin. The Thousand and One Nights was Peter's idea, but it wasn't that bad of an idea.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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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