Founder, you gave my heart a sullen ignorance through three coals when I was born and you sent word through saints, angels and then to the light in my mother's womb so that she would make me strong, clever and brave. But as the course of things you do is clear like in my vegetal childhood's game, each messenger chewed through the joy's jaw teeth my coals and look at me today, cynical, dull and millipede. I'm not calling you to account for it, just check these ones more often.

(Translated by Ioana Negrea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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 every few days. 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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