On the way to Victory Square I listened to a podcast on France Culture. Something about black holes. I understood, for the most part, almost everything. Then I changed metro lines. In between lines I took my earphones off and watched people. Sad. On the subway to Roman Square I bumped into one of my colleagues. He pretended not to know me. Another black hole, I said to myself, and waited to get off. The next station was the Roman Square, with the platform on the left. We both got off, as if we had never met.

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / 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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