Today we'll perform a little experiment. Everyone will find on their desks a glass of water, a small mirror and a flashlight. Now insert the mirror into the glass of water. Good. And now, please project the light on the back of the mirror, on the glass' surface. What do you see? Wou. I see nothing, madam. I see a rainbow. I see a seahorse. I see caramelized clouds. I see a tyrannosaurus. There is a mermaid in my glass. There is a unicorn in mine. In mine, my grandpa is waving at me from the sky, he is at the end of the rainbow, swinging on the moon.

(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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