I love my fellow man as much as I love myself. And if I don't love myself or my fellow man, it makes no sense to love an omnipotent being. I turn the cheek to the others and to myself. The fight takes place only inside me where I have been hearing since the making of the world that I have to be better to myself, to the others, to this place that was created for us within 6 days, but which we have been destroying for thousands of years. I do not have to keep canons because the fight is mine, I'm the one who will turn the cheek at the doomsday.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoş / 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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