The parents were thinking in mathematical formulas. They had met in an equation of degree 2. After a while, they conceived Victor. They would have wanted him to embrace the Real Sciences side of life. The child, however, lived according to his own geometry. His soul pulsed with harmony, reconciliation, beauty. In the evening he would go up to the attic, sit on the chair and let his fingers intertwine in a playful, intimate dance, so characteristic of him. One white flap, one black, one white, one black. He and the piano, a beautiful, lifelong, real friendship.

(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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