The rainbow starts from red. From the eye of the storm. You can grab a rainbow by any corner you want, the point is to not give up. So what there are moments in which you can't see the end? What makes you think that a thing as endless at this has only two ends, and those two are lost? Who gives you the right to control the endless? Or you believe that red, the end closer to God, is monochromatic? Do you have anything to lose? At the end of the rainbow is now you, Violet. You can stretch out your hand, from tone to tone, a bridge between souls. I told you, the rainbow starts from where we want.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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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