When the time came, my roots pulled themselves out. I knew beforehand that uprooting is the last stage of wandering souls. I was then scheduled for a forced re-rooting but it proved to be a failure. The pristine consciousness had experienced the baptism of liberation and was preparing to defy the laws of nature. The roots had spontaneously chosen a random trend of flight and sought to soar ever higher. They call me Stranger and I feel like a Nobody, looking for a place of Nobody to root my being.
(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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.