I have been dreaming of M.L King ever since I was born. I start every sentence with I have a dream, this is my nickname, The Dreamer. They have tried to lock me in a bedlam, when dreams became reality, for the very simple fact my dreams would not coincide with theirs. They set up obstacles for me, altering my fate, turning off the light under the pretext we had to spare the electricity. I kept dreaming loud becoming the Feeble Insomniac. I am not afraid of the Dark, because I lit candles for everybody. I am my own flaw.

(Translated by Raluca Simion / 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 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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