What are you doing? Painting dreams. Have you got many of those? Oh, yes. A rainbow of thoughts which I sometimes frame in free verse, clean, embracing eternal feelings. Are you done dreaming? You're just sitting, not to say that you're even languishing. You are kind of lazy. But even when I'm idle, I'm still doing something. Sure. What are doing when you aren't doing? I create eternity. How may I explain? I`m a weaver of colors and words that life offers me generously. Yes, we are different. You are always dreaming. Oh, you don't understand me.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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 almost daily. 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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