In order to put an end to the turmoil that could escalate into an internal riot, the brain and the heart decided to sit down at the negotiating table. They met under the palate, a place where the echoes of the arguments made would be felt on both sides. Except that the darkness around them gave rise to differences making it difficult to find a solution. Using the last of its strength, the heart screwed in a light bulb to show its good intentions. It was the moment when the brain realized that if it's quiet down south, it can give life to other thoughts.
(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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.