He didn't see anything around. He could only feel his feet sinking deeper and deeper with each step. She climbed that mountain without knowing what awaited her. The cold, gray haze had completely enveloped her. What if she collapses into the void? What if that abyss that bounded her reality and the curbs of the mind swallowed her completely? Maybe it's not a bad idea to get rid of everything, a happy accident. Out of nowhere, a warm hand took her frozen fingers and pulled her hard. I caught you, hold on to me; I know the way, I've been here before.

(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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