I go beyond myself and hope to land in another universe. Many tell me that only I can do that. But I am heavy. As of today, I carry a mountain and I wish to transform it into sand, but no book will tell me how. They're all saying that time takes care of everything, but to me time has its limits. I go beyond myself and hope to understand the ways of the world. To know why we came here and if we're to go anywhere else. The journey goes on, a voice from my right side lets me know. I go beyond myself, then I dive in what was yesterday where I shall linger. Without my consent.

(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 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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