In his Facebook profile picture, he smiles broadly. Because he is a young husband, a father and a proud friend of his. And because that's what he always does: he lives happily, he smiles, he laughs. Meeting him is an ice cream eaten on a summer's day: it leaves marks on your whole face and soul. A year ago, God gave him a like. The photo is now moved to black marble. I commemorated him today. And I can swear I heard laughter from above on his birthday in heaven. At home, I see myself in the mirror: I have chocolate whiskers.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Mușetescu / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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