Learn to be someone too. Whoever has a book has a share. Whoever shares shares does. You found what you were looking for. His mouth beats his ass. Where the mother grows up. Better safe than bad. Fear guards the pumpkin. Don't play with fire. Better safe than sorry. The bowed head does not cut the sword. Your job, don't say I didn't tell you. As you lie down, so you sleep. Mom, do you know anything? He doesn't believe everything you think anymore. I know you're afraid of me. Relax, nothing is under control. However, you will not find a better plan than God.

(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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