If you already decided to walk on knife's edge without me, I'll help you, my dear. I sharpened your knife on the crease in the blue stained glass of the church window you drink next to because it's hot and God wants a draft beer. The blade is still juicy, I cut slices from the moon and ate them all. You will walk straight, you aren't able to walk sideways. To slowly move your wings, you shed your skin long ago. Give me a sign when you get on the other side, throw a star after me. Farewell.

(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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