I arrange the exhibits carefully. I wipe them off, I polish them, I deal with them for hours. Jewellery, clothes and accessories. There are my things without apparently any link but they have an emotional value for me. One of them kept even smells, so I put them in sealed bags. It is a museum of senses, of wishes and I expose periodically new showpieces. There will be no one that will see them besides me. No one would understand it. In newspapers, they call me serial murderer, what do they know about the seeking of the eternal love?

(Translated by Teodora Stoian / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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