Literally, at the end of a rainbow is a w. Practically, the neighbouring apartment block. Mystically, the end of the flood. Socially, the lgbt community. From the hairdresser's perspective, at the end of the rainbow is Maricica, badly dyed by that heldback. Psychologically, the rainbow is my mother after seeing my report card. Judging by degrees of kinship, that's my father-in-law's drinking face. In the commercials, it's on the roof of my mouth. In reality, it's all light and water. But it's beautiful.

(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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