It's late. It's dark. I can't see anything ahead or beside me, and I'm afraid of the blinding light behind me. I fumble through the hours, through the days, through what I wish was sunset. I find nothing but the desire to survive every morning when it gets light outside. I would do anything to be able to turn the warm, beautiful light towards my sad eyes that have grown accustomed to the darkness. I hope that at the end of the tunnel everyone I love, or at least my little girl, will light a small flame as a reminder.

(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.

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