Until I was 36 years old, I lived in darkness. I had to order a taxi to an unknown destination. The light of the phone blinded me more and so I tripped, and I became one with the concrete and then the Big Bang happened. For a few days I felt like Halley's comet thrown into the solar system, I shone and felt like it was carried by the gods. I went out as soon as I opened my eyes under the green stars seen in an intensive care unit. Now I am just a subatomic particle, lying in bed, wrapped in a rock called gypsum.

(Translated by Monica-Andreea Gaman / 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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