City noises disappear, roads rest, sidewalks breathe, people dream. Silence. Imagination takes me by the hand and throws me into daring, never absurd stories. At night I have terrible courage. The sleep of the world uninhibited me. I become an actress who plays without any stage fright, in an empty hall. I pour a few buckets of stars on the stage and dance barefoot on them. I shine the brightest at night. In the morning I wipe my feet clean of stars and go to the theatre. I've got some toilets, stairs, and stuff to wash.
(Translated by Adrian-George Ilinca / 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.