I'm trying to make a decent living, not complicated at all. I enjoy the little things. If in the past I hated routine, now I love it. I eat three times a day, play backgammon with friends, play the piano, sometimes play on the big stages of the world, but most of all I like to swim naked in the ocean behind the house. Today, while I was enjoying my coffee, I was interrupted by a strange old woman. He told me not to hang out in the yard. He gave me some pills. She keeps telling me I'm her son. A crazy woman.

(Translated by Georgiana Carmen Rădulescu / 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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