I was collecting data to create a better world trying to heal trauma after trauma, soul after soul, mixing the past and the future while ignoring the present. A pretty complicated equation, some sort of compote of emotions that haven't been exploited by the cowards. With the help of the Perseid, I lit up 44 lamps, each one of them shining with different intensity. I've created the perfect birth chart like a spiderweb painted in the night by a young Da Vinci. Iactaaleaesto. Basilicus. Chance is no longer chance. Light.

(Translated by Ioana Busuioc / 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 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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