I yell at the top of my lungs, and one of the voices collides into my forehead. Another voice trades rewritten memories, or perhaps illusions. A third one is thought to be psychotic and is treated with drugs that keep me, keep us, prisoner(s) in an empty room. I saw an angel, I tell them, they cover their ears and write down: delirious thoughts. I see God, I also tell them, and an uninterested lady rolls her eyes, then answers that I'm hallucinating and throws me behind yet another wall. What was that? I ask myself. I don't know. I didn't see anything.

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / 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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