It was just for us, not the end of the world. The dice kept rolling on the corners and when they unveiled their faces on one, the six-spotted death was grinning, and on the other there was the six-eyed jester. And the sun broke through us and lifted our entrails in a firestorm. I threw up my butterflies, you spilled your bellybutton, we tore out our hearts and crushed them between our fingers. On the judgment day we re-educated ourselves through silence and listened as the third pair of eyes struck out of the dice like a last bell.

(Translated by Andreea-Daniela Vasilache / 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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