The art gallery was particularly crowded on Sundays. The last exhibition of the famous R.B. was by far the most looked out for. In the gorgeous futuristic-scented space, his photographs created the magic of the black-and-white world. Vanessa came every day. Her silhouette fit naturally with the mosaic floor. She lingered for a long time in front of the exhibits, until you could feel her emotion burst from under her dark glasses. She left late, her lips trembling. At some point, R.B.'s world was hers as well. Today, the white cane creates the perfect contrast with 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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