I'm the most honest man I know. When I was little, I read the Little Prince and wanted to be an aviator, so that I could play in the clouds, which I imagined as elephants. Growing up, I said I needed to raise the bar, be bolder, so I aspired to become an astronaut. Too bad I don't really like math. Now? I want to convince myself as a writer. Famous, good, but who writes only for friends. I'm motivated, I can, but my muse is missing. Oh, I know. I'm reactivating my Tinder.

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ștefănescu / 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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