I'm just a number. 1 don't r3pr3s3nt bad luck, 1'm not, as many l1k3 to cla1m, b3ar3r of m1sfortun3s or symbol of ev1l. 1 don't 3v3n th1nk 1 hav3 anyth1ng to do w1th sup3rst1t1ons. Your bra1n 1s to blam3, you can't control 1t and 1t g1v3s you 3rrors. Plus f3ar, a lot of f3ar. You hav3 to th1nk about th1s, how to g3t ov3r 1t and mov3 on. Forg3t about m3 and focus on mor3 1mportant th1ngs. Ok3? Br3ath3. 1t w1ll b3 alr1ght. Sorry, now 1 hav3 to run, a black cat cut m3 off.

(Translated by Andreea Zofotă / 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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