I started college, my parents think I deserve a break, they don't have money, I don't feel like begging, I sell a pair of slippers, I get a train ticket, I climb through the window, pushed hard by Gelu, I don't have a tent but I have friends, I am very hungry but I don't feel like begging, I'm selling my place, I'm standing, I'm young, beautiful landscapes parade, the train conductor announces the station, I get off, I don't have money for the bus, I walk by foot, I arrive, I'm exhausted, the tent is small, I jump in waves, I don't drown, I started college, what the hell?

(Translated by Diana Simulescu / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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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