I threw myself off. From the tenth floor. I floated for a while and then went on with my life peacefully. I passed by Saint Peter and, when I was about to ask him about his health, he pushed me off the stairs. I kept rolling over, I had an odd impression that I am a rodent caught in the wheel, but just as I pondered deeper, the reality made its presence felt with a stupid buzz and I punched him in the head. The clock did not wail for a while. Then again. I furiously grabbed and threw it out of the window. You stupid, I had just finished sculpting.
(Translated by Zahra Kazemi / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.500 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.