I entered the game of my own free will. Without any emotional implication, we told ourselves. Students, passionate and filled with life. We didn't take into account the deciding element: I was an Eve. Venus would play with my rebel locks. At first, a room was enough for me. My heart would jump, free. Without sensing it, like a weed, it wanted more. Soon enough I started to wander through the labyrinth. He, a true Daedalus, would follow the thread that assured his freedom, meter by meter. When I found the key, there were already two of us. I promise you. I will love you. For the both of us, Eve.

(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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