And what? Then jump. Hmm. I don't think so. Come on, jump, you can do it. I don't really feel like it. Will that cable really hold me? Of course it will, do you think you're the first one? It's safe and everything is checked up regularly. Hmm. I don't know what to say. What about the harnesses? Yes, harnesses too. Come on, man, how many times do you need to talk to yourself in the mirror to convince yourself to make a stupid bungee jump? OK, I can do this. I really can. Tomorrow we'll go there and I'll jump. There's no doubt she'll be impressed by my courage. After that I'll take skydiving. How hard can it be?

(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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