Turn off the light, the bulbs are on for nothing. On the balcony as well. I found it on again, you're driving me crazy. Are you doing it on purpose? No, he didn't, he liked to keep the lights on in the house. Especially at night when he'd go from room to room, snooping or looking for something. He liked the lights on even in the wide hallway he walked through dozens of times a day. When he wasn't at home, he'd crank up the music and turn them all on. Let there be fireworks in the house of light. And laughing loudly, he danced under sparks of imagined happiness.

(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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