My friend was not expecting death until tomorrow. In the college's hallway, he lit a cigarette under the sign No smoking. Mind you, the others kept disapproving, but he would take the sign down and draw a window. When age was short-circuiting us, we would unscrew our heads and wander around with open necks, dry of existential thirst, among revelations and stars. The days passed unimpossible. After college, I built myself in house, job, family, tree. With your mind, my friend, I'll write the book about those who laugh every day as if it were Friday.

(Translated by Oana Dicilea / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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