I was in a coma for 3 days after an unfortunate accident. During this time my soul was traveling, I had a state of absolute peace, and I was flying above everything. I saw long-gone relatives, friends and colleagues. In the Garden of Heaven an old man with a white beard beckoned me to come closer. My girl, you are not supposed to stay here. I'm taking you back and giving you a mission. Teach people what joy and love are. I came to my senses. Silence in the hall. The echo of ZM's song, love is my religion, could be heard from the street. Thanks, God.

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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