I was in front of the mirror, and my memories of her were unfolding as in an obscure short film. When my fist slammed into the mirror, shards and blood spatters merged in the air like a kaleidoscope of pain and frustration. Years of misfortune were laid down at my feet like a biographical exhibition, which awakened everything within me. I could catch my face in every little piece. It was me, but in different moments of my life besides the one who had sworn eternity to me. The gentle me, the passionate me, the calm me, the choleric me, the creative me, the loving me. The shattered me.

(Translated by Camelia Diaconu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Eliana Ionoaia / 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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