God, if you already decided to turn my life into a kitsch, at least make it the brightest. Are you going to whine and blame me again? I gave you a blank sheet because that's what you are when you come into the world. Fair enough, it wasn't your choice to come, but if you're already here, from now on it becomes your business how you write it, I gave you colors, sounds, flowers, and animals, so you won't be alone, I also gave you eyes, ears, nose and palms to perceive them. Come on, don't blame me for feeling miserable, do something about it too.
(Translated by Andreea-Simona Trufin / 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.