She had planned that the day before she turned 28 she would initiate the process. For two weeks she projected her soul with a brush on canvas. Each blue dot brought a tear to her eye. The sky became an ocean to her, her eyelids became waves, her arms became seaweed and her legs came together into a fish tail. One night before she broke up with herself, she forgot to close her eyes. The next day she handed him the canvas. He nodded his head, took it home, filled it with batting and waited for the message. You can burn it now.  

(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / 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 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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