I've been cursed at every day since I moved here. When I say where I am, everyone sings to me: Te-ne-ri-fe. I'm receiving death threats. Friends started to unfriend and unfollow me. I was talking to a friend from Scotland yesterday and when I asked her why she was crying, she yelled at me: I'm not crying, I'm on the street and it's raining. I started singing: Why Does It Always Rain on Me. She didn't taste the joke. Some don't even answer my video calls anymore. They hang up and send messages like: Fuck off and block me. Including my mother.

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ştefănescu / 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, 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, 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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