I was born with big eyes. No, not like dragonfly eyes, big on the inside. My sight penetrates meaning and my attic is full of them. Once, I went around a trail and from behind me came a lizard bowing, with a hat in its hand. I see the hidden meanings, that's it. At night I go up in the attic and I order the meanings and through the roof window I see what is written in the stars. The other day, the Little Prince waved at me. They say you can only see clearly with your heart. I know, man, but that world isn't really populated, you know? People keep coming to this side.

(Translated by Ioana Busuioc / 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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