I discovered it by chance. A friend invited me without telling me about it. I stood on the side for a while but then I said to myself: why not? I started timidly and without realizing it, I couldn't stop anymore. I do this for almost six months and I only missed it twice. From what I understand, there is not a specific, right time for a story, but the story shows itself when it's summoned. From what I understand, there are souls made of the same matter which vibrate at the same rate between 500 characters.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 every few days. 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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