I open the window wide. With a silver spoon I take a piece of fog and pour it into the coffee. I sip slowly. I walk around the house barefoot trying to steady my gait. Loneliness hurts me in vague places. The earth spins without me. Reality is a space that suffocates me. I put my laptop in my arms and throw myself into a movie. For two hours, I laughed and cried in a story that does not belong to me. When I went to bed, Johnny Depp was in my bed. He said he needed another movie, without spotlights.

(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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