Black. A dull darkness settled numbingly, feeding its ego of being all-powerful and quenching its thirst for color. The dark typhoon could be seen growing with each swallowing of the three raw colors of the source of origins. The apparent individual weakness metamorphosed into strength through the fortunate and hazardous collision of yellow, red, and blue. Which only goes to show that strength lies in unity and that darkness is needed in order to find the light conjured by the word. So be it. But beyond All: Let us be.

(Translated by Alina-Dorina Nicolae / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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