On the bumpy road, the little jeep carries you like a boat on a capricious sea. Through the murky water of the dust, the world is a collection of intertwining shadows. If an amused-bored person didn't shout good morning to you in chorus, you wouldn't know if the beings you just passed were people gathered at the village square, horses grazing by the side of the road or jackals that he found in the morning hungry Suddenly, the silence is broken by the blue flight of a lightning bolt. He thought you were a bee just out of the hive.  

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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