11.05.2021

We were 13 kids at the block and we are still best friends, I've got 13 buttons on my lucky jacket, which helped me go through college without even a makeup test, on the 13th is the day I met him, she was born on the 13th, the 13th job fulfilled me professionally, we've been married for 13 years and we still love each other like on the first day, today is the 13th, the day the surgery is scheduled, seven people, including me, in the O.R., fuck, 13, 12, 11, 10, niiiiineeeeee, 13 angels are waiting for me at the end of the road.

(Translated by Iulia-Teodora Urea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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