It didn't matter that he was born on the 32nd of January. Ever since he discovered the months, January sounded the best and saw no reason for why it wouldn't always be January. Why abandon his favourite month for other months which he felt nothing for? Just because everyone told him to? Christmas is just as beautiful on the 359th of January. As such, he got married on the 155th of January and had his first child next year on the 223rd of January. He celebrated the child's major in January as well. He is the first human that Time could no longer find.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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