I don't know if I can do it. After all, this is not courage, it's selfish unconsciousness. But you can't live a life like that either, whispered the recently gentle and reassuring voice that had now turned into a dreaded tartar. Yes, but. Don't look down. And have no regrets. He took a deep breath until his alveoli were flooded with transfixing emotions and... See that you can do anything, said transfigured by pride the mother-bird, who was now gliding in tandem with the thrilled chick. I told you, any fall is actually a flight.

(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.

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