When the voices around you are trying to get inside your head, cover your ears with a pair of headphones. Only you can decide whether what's in front of you is reality or fantasy. When you get tired, take a break. It's not the time that counts, but the destination. When you get there, let me know. Forgive me for not being good at giving advice. That's what I told her as she put on her shoes somewhat unsteadily. Yesterday I got a text. Thanks for believing in me. I'm writing to you from the place where the seven colours rise from the earth. I'll send pictures soon.

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / 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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