This is how I write now, after midnight. When I was a child I never got to live the midnight magic because I had to go to sleep early. Then, when I became a teen, I enjoyed the parties which lasted all night. When I was an adult I always wondered how to get home early and get some sleep before a new dawn. Now, in my twilight years, I experience the paradox of how time goes past midnight and it shows me that nothing changes after the clock's hands overlap in the night.

(Translated by Alin Sescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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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