I haven't lived on Earth until now. Sure, my legs wake up every morning and drag my body along to and for in a boring routine. But my mind has always lived in the world of my left eye and its parallel worlds. In the white world, I feed on the poems prepared like always, for dinner. In the black one, I still try to tame my demons. In the world of my silence, I hear you best of all. In the halls between them, I dance and peel oranges. Starting tomorrow, however, I'll move to the real world and I'll stay there. I have a war to win. With myself.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Daria Protopopescu / 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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