I don't like changes. I stick too much to people, to things, to absurd routines. I've been drinking my coffee from the same cup for ten years, I've been using the same way to work. New situations panic me, ignorance inhibits me. I became attached to my insecurities, to all the fears settled under my skin. I have tried all kinds of transformations; they didn't work. It wasn't until he kissed me that I threw myself into the void, with my eyes closed. Why? Because my general settings remained intact. I will never be afraid of love.

(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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