Gaudeamus igitur pierces the being of a she or a he, who would become someone. A fertile field of young people become mature reeds. It seems to be a start in life. Not at all. The reeds begin to precipitate their emotions and fear, because they have not been prepared for the future. Theory is hit by practice. Career is slapped by reality. Who are we? Asks an entire field through trails of wind. And the wind answers them with a gust. Nature fights, the 'human' does not understand. You will become someone, the wind says, after you harvest a field or maybe two.
(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / 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.