In his close circle he rarely remembered what it was like to be colorful and alive. Flashes of green, red and blue tones took over his mind for a moment. Then, consciously grouped, they took refuge in the core of the being waiting locked under the mantle. The noncolors had completely taken over his surface, sprouting in longitudinal bursts, defying the heat. Until one day when a molecule winked at him from the cloud of dust. And then it jerked from the inside, hitting the wall hard. The colors, mixed joyfully with freedom, outlining a gorgeous Eva.

(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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