Why should death mark my becoming as a man? It would be easier if we proved our skills otherwise. No, not by measuring it, that's not what I intended to say. Let's show what we have learnt so far, let's make a woman happy without beating her, let's help our fellow men. You tell me that I'm a pansy and that they should have killed me at birth. Death again. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against it. It must be, it has a purpose. They invented agriculture and the artificial heme, it's us that still remained hunters.

(Translated by Dragoş Frangulea / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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 every few days. 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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