The moon did yoga at four in the morning. She was a little indigo. During a break she lit her string of stars and the cloud puffed like a hot locomotive. I had dived earlier and was face down with the Tunis charter. The pilot had signaled to me to move on. A lamp flickered. She had her eyes closed and she was dreaming. She was beautiful. I left two lips on the lantern and I made myself invisible. The jaguar recognized me by the jade of my eyes. I walked through the dunes and gathered scorpions. When he awoke, I entered Babylon.

(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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