The road, no matter how difficult, must be crossed. It is preparing you for recognition. It also prepares you for taking possession. The universe is peripatetic. And dual. Everything is done on the go. Everything happens around you. But you can only be here and now, doing just that. Good or bad, beautiful or ugly, right or wrong. You can only be one of them at a time. This is how the road is justified. This is how recognition is precipitated. This is how possession takes crystallize. I came I saw I won.

(Translated by Bianca Dumitru / 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 November 2021, the group has 7.500 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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