The board of life makes no sense in black and white. You must make sure to look around your square, to carefully pick out the pawns that populate your existence, to not always let the knights of passion roam free, and to gingerly demarcate your boundaries so that the rooks of love are always protected. When you open yourself up and a crazy thought of diagonal flight crosses your mind, you might find yourself stuck in a perpetual check. Will you sacrifice the queen for a foolish dream? Or will you try to anticipate destiny's move? Your choice, my king.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucașu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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