You stroll aimlessly through the small streets, crowded by tourists coming to another Christmas market. What was in your mind to leave the house now, you wonder, but you continue on your way, straining more and more irritated among the bodies laid like a silly director in a funny freeze. You would like to be a light of the strings hanging over the streets, making, with many others like you, a white river, a silk scarf at the thin and delicate neck of winter that slowly freezes the heart of the world.

(Translated by Laura-Elena Dobrin / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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