They are actually two. Inside the heart there is always room for all the loved ones; they can sit comfortably, there are enough mugs for everybody and you filled them with their favourite drinks. So big is this house that even the people who left slamming the door so hard the walls hurt sometimes creep back inside, alongside with the understanding for those who had never been there, not even in passing. The imagination houses, in an oxymoronic way, an infinite number of paths, adventures, worlds, unbelievable ideas and aaalmost every house, for it cannot substitute for the heart.

(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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