Hate. I hate everything. I hate you who look at me and you who ignore me. I mostly hate people but I hate animals too. Even plants. I hate preemptively, completely and irrationally. I hate throughout the entire day and sometimes even at night. When I'm driving and when I'm walking. When I'm going up these hospital stairs. I hate that it came sooner. I hate hospitals. And nurses. The Doctors. The maternal rooms. Beds on wheels. Beings wrapped up in blankets. And holding them in my arms. Ah. I love.

(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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