I'm screaming in the crypt with chains that have bound me for ages, but there were chains only when I came down, now I'm going up looking into the pit of time and I'm thirsty, rebels. I'll sip your last drop of blood from your word, until you know what it feels like to want to stand in the sun but wither in the darkness of the phrase. I want blood of your vein, to lick it from your paper-white throats. Mortals, let me drink you, drop by drop. He powdered his nose, grimaced at the mirror, and, monologue rehearsed, the actor stepped out of the elevator and onto the stage.

(Translated by Anca Maria Florea / 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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