You'll see. Your green eyes. Your way of being. All of these will wreak havoc. You will step on corpses. They will be the ones that you will forever regret. They will also be the ones that were your lovers. And they will be the ones that will regret their whole life. Life is like a rainbow settled over a rapeseed field. Yellow. That's what her mother told her. All you have to do is find the field. She believed in the rainbow for years. She searched for the field for years. At the end of the rainbow was always a ditch she couldn't, not even to this day, cross.

(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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