I thought I was special, I would become famous or saved the planet. When I was little, I smiled at everybody and I waved to everyone. Back then I had friends or something like that. Because back then I did not know that people can betray you. When I was little ,I was stupid and I believed in good. I treated the others the way I would treat myself. When I was little, I used to write poems for the girls. They laughed and threw them anyway, but I did not feel any regrets. When I was little, I felt so strong. Now I am a grown-up, but I still feel little, in the darkness.

(Translated by Raluca Simion / 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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