The audience applauded wildly. What an explosion of joy, how many good thoughts we will take home. We want to know more about you. I can answer only one question. Why do you always sing about colors? Because I'm actually a painter. I grew up in a country surrounded by sea, with salty winds, but little sun. I drew lights for myself, then I lighted them and drew all around the dark season. When I arrived on your island, where it's always sunny, the light blinded me. I shut my eyes and started singing.

(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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