and that's what I was waiting for, a sign, I didn't ask anymore, the way I would've done before. But who are you to ask this of me. But why should I do this. But how long should I still be told what I am allowed and what I'm forbidden. It was the first time I didn't resist and I started to pull it off of me, slowly at first, and then, despite the pain, more and more forcefully. I pulled out the white canvas that was glued to my skin, to my flesh, to my bones, and all that time I was telling myself don't stop, the stone is already out of the way, you just need to step into the light.

(Translated by Jessica-Polixenia-Cristiana Copilaș / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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