Hi, my name is Brilliant Idea and I live here, inside your mind. I hear you calling me every day to come out, in order to stroll with me and show everyone what a Brilliant Idea you have. You almost convinced me when you told me you wanted to put me into words and thus get to people's hearts, both you and I. But what if I don't want to come out? It's so nice here, inside your head. Maybe one day I'll muster up the courage to come out, but until then I'll throw you the nails every once in a while, when I cut them. I saw how easy it was for you to say oh my, what a brilliant idea.

(Translated by Valentina Mihai / 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 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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