There was no one in the room. Only candles smoking in a corner. The wind danced among them, the door had been left open for who knows how long. Beyond the door, there was a world of human and wild sounds. Through the darkness of night, the wolves, the moon, the flesh could be heard from far away. Beyond the night, there was the day. Its tender and raw shell enveloped the earth. Beyond the earth, there was infinite space. Somewhere in the universe, a voice sang, ancient, amplified from life to life, from roar to whisper, with no microphone.
(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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.