Turn over the stone and you'll once again be 20 years old. You shall be able to relive your life with the wisdom you have now. He had heard of the reversing stone ever since his youth, as well as of those who hesitated to use it. What fools, he thought back then. Now he stood before it and after travelling all the way here to find it, he wasn't so sure of himself anymore. What will the others say: can you believe this guy? He wasn't able to live and now wants to start over. So what? Does he think it'll be any better this time? What about it? Do you think it'll be any better?

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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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