An eerie silence caresses the listeners' ears in the intermission that deepens feelings. Not at all overwhelming. Just a harbinger of delight of the senses. The wand remains suspended in the air in a divine silence. He ends the bitter winter with one last shot. The air is filled with notes leaping in a hypnotic dance, flooding minds whose doors have never been locked. Largo appears, the gentle winter that heralds rebirth. You feel warm. And good. In a robotic world, ravenous epigones savour their prey. Vivaldi weeps.

(Translated by Cosmina-Florentina Ciobanu / 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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