The lights on stage suddenly turned on, and silence took the form of fear. The people at dinner stopped eating, waiting for a response. They still didn't know why they were there. Welcome, I hope you enjoyed your meal. With a sweeping gesture, he picked up all the plates. Round, amethyst-edged mirrors appeared in front of everyone. You will stare into them until you understand all your sins. And they will be placed in the bottle of wine with which you will go home. This Sunday has no beginning, and you must win the end.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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.

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