Can this be written like this, at any time, as a synthesis of the good things and, to be honest, of the least good things in your life? What would it be like to put there those flaws or experiences you're not proud of at all, a recap of what you've done with your time? If you write everything, it's no longer short. But how to cram a man's life into three words: father, husband, drunkard? Plus, that sounds like an epitaph. When I die, this is what I will write on the cross: In memory of the one I was. Come on, let me live while I still am.

(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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