During the first minute that I could remember, I tried to figure out where I was. Four eyes were staring at me as I was yelling. They called me Gabi after which I fell asleep. Then they took me to kindergarten, school, high school, I fell in love, I loved, I divorced, I named my first child In, I started drinking, the Revolution happened, my first apartment was too damn far away, then they opened a metro line at Drumul Taberei and everything went back to normal. My last seven minutes were spent watching the ceiling. The priest believed I would go to Heaven.

(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, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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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