We were gathered together in the big hall but placed separately. On the right those with wide open eyes, dressed in white, on the left those dressed in black with only one eye. She sat at the end of the hall, under the huge stained-glass windows, the light hitting her long gray coat from behind and her face hidden in an incomprehensible color. She chewed the rag and told us that only she, posterity, has the right to the revenge of being forgotten or not. We cheered her bored, met at the exit and went on with our lives.
(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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.