The day was almost at an end. The wind was blowing from time to time. She was dozing off. It was late. The birds went back to their nests. The night already threw its bait to the stars. The Moon had bitten with determination, avoiding the hook, but in the sunset's orange light, she lost her head and swallowed whole the hook masterfully laid out by the night. Shadows of a nameless colour haunted her thoughts. She was in love with the Sun, desired his warmth, to be able to bask in his light, but didn't know how to get out of the dark.

(Translated by Diana Pașcanu / 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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