She is typing fast; the easiness with which she lists words seems unusual. The leaves of the tree flitter in the rhythm of her knuckles, disturbing my thoughts through image and through the combined sound of the keys and of the deafening sound of the leaves that I imagine. Type louder, please. Crush those keys, for the love of God, I yell at her with a loud voice in my head, with my words bouncing from the walls of my head. Her fingertips are describing my death and I am out of time.  

(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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