I was pure color in warm comfort with a space effect. A few hot evenings and you brought up the topic of complementary colors, but I had drunk so much wine that I stroked your elongated head between your talking legs and gave you an impressed approval. Now we live in an attic and it seems that the coldness of your color freezes me and I drew a pedestrian crossing in the middle of the room. With black thoughts in my mind, I'm waiting for a sign, a waved, white handkerchief, and maybe we'll meet somewhere in the middle and at least a gray will come out of this toxic chromatic relationship.

(Translated by Tania Diniță / 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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