When I decided to fly out of my parents' nest, they told me I am not ready yet. I was taught to be afraid again, so with each challenge I diverted my flight home, to respire a little bit. There was some tendency to fly far away, to another country, another continent, another world, but the branches of the tree that housed the nest were so big that they made it difficult for me to see clearly and they gradually almost took my wings off. I learned to fly like that and not to hide my wounds, they remind me of when I was no longer afraid.

(Translated by Ioana Oacheșu / 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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