My mother used to tell me stories in the evening. My favorite was one about a wild horse with beautiful fur. His name was Sky. Then, as I grew up, I started to love stripes. Whenever we cross a pedestrian crossing, I had the feeling that I was walking through Sky's story. Almost all my blouses are striped. Now, for example, my boyfriend is running his fingers up the horizontal lines on my tight t-shirt, on my breasts. In the sky, someone touches the black and white keys of a piano. In life, not everything is black or white. Sometimes we can hear music.

(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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