There is no casting in Heaven. A woman dressed in a black suit, her hair tied back in a pony tail with a red headband, carefully carries a violin case. Her steps seem unsteady, but her gaze exudes firmness. She stops abruptly next to my violin. She looks at me sweetly, the way my beloved mother looked at me when she found out I had Marfan's. Only there's something else, something divine about her. Niccolò, it's time, she says and touches me tentatively on the cheek, turning me into musical notes. She tunes me into her wooden box and we fly away.

(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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