I always wondered what was behind the rainbow. My mind as a child made up all kinds of stories. I imagined some dwarves playing volleyball with coloured balls, always in sync, because they were professionals and I watched them through a window washed by my grandmother with her tired eyes. That was because I was being punished and she kept me in the house telling me that there was mud in the yard from so much rain. Some thunder would wake me up from my dreams, but even then I thought it was the clouds cheering before the match. Anyway, I think beyond is better.

(Translated by Elena Patricia Măroiu / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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