oh, you've brought out the big guns, I say. what, I should bare myself? nothing simpler, I say aloud. yes, let's see if you can bare your soul. do you even know what you look like in a mirror for hearts? have you ever looked, even out of the corner of your eye, at the nakedness or fullness of your soul? what has torn your spiritual flesh? where are the wounds? where do you bleed light? he was so silent that my ears were ringing. and my blood gushed out when I saw my own heart in the mirror. who was I to keep tabs on him?

(Translated by Oana Ionescu / 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 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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