I trusted you. I believed in you. The teacher who said that this is how education is, the priest who said at Eucharist to take his body along with the Lord's, the boys who were waiting for me to give them everything I had in my pockets, the girls who laughed that I had Down syndrome and the others, who considered me disabled. And I didn't tell anyone. Now I've gathered all of you here in the church, pray when I pour out the gas from baptismal font, I'll set it on fire, and I'll lock the doors as I go out.

(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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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