I don't know how long it's been since. A month, maybe two, maybe 99. Or maybe I've been stuck ever since the world and your Earth. Maybe since you decided to turn them inside out and be rid of me. Rid of the noise. Of me, speaking.Of me, shutting up too hard. I know you could hear me even then, I'm not quiet like the other mortals, I speak in silence. Maybe I wasn't aware that life had tired you out. Maybe I tired you out. Let me free and I'll let you something: hi, I love you, bye. And then I'll shut up. Or maybe I won't.

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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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