Milky fog. People in black jackets come in and out, like from a white wall. The noncolor flows on my cheeks and invades my mind. My thoughts tangle like a bunch of mohair. Next to it, in the black overcoat with the collar raised up, à la Cantona, J. pulls from the cigarette. The white smoke makes concentric circles in the fog, tone on tone, they do not even stand out. Ice on the shore. The whites of my eyes return to the white, milky river. Do you want a frappe? I slowly purr, I'm just a white cat with soft thoughts of mohair.

(Translated by Andreea Theodora Drăgan / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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