When I was 6, I found out that everyone dies, even me. This thought wouldn't let me sleep for a long time, and I wasn't even in the mood for playing. I decided to break the news to others. The first one I told was a neighbor, whom, staying between us, I couldn't stand. His eyes went wide open and he ran to his mother crying. I started to like it, so during a break I gathered all my kindergarten classmates and gave them a presentation about the grim reaper. I wasn't the only one who couldn't sleep anymore.
(Translated by Otilia Mocanu / 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 4.300 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.