He heard it in a dream. He was barely breathing, and the room was awash in smoke. He didn't understand what had happened. Suddenly there was a sharp, razor-sharp roar. When the door was engulfed in fire, he realized that this was as far as he had gone. He wasn't scared. He was even resigned, when out of nowhere he heard a voice asking him to open his eyes. He didn't know where the voice was coming from, but he crawled on his knees towards it. Then he fell asleep, only to wake up in a garden, flowers half covered in mud. Please come, he is starting to wake up.

(Translated by Cristina-Nicoleta Costache (Mircea) / 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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