In one hand he held Light and in the other Darkness. He weighed them just as the Day was merging with the Night in the hope of finding the perfect balance. His eyes were tired from all he had seen and he wished he could get some sleep but that would mean closing his eyes and then the Darkness would win. Everyone was gone and he had no one to ask for help so all he could do was pray to himself. Come on, God, you can do it a little longer, you can go to bed at noon when the sun is up in the sky. One of his eyes teared up and he fell asleep.
(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.