Out of the millions released, only one will achieve its purpose. They are cheerful, some lazy, some playful and optimistic. They live for a short time, but in a warm and welcoming environment. All will fall in love and seek hard to reach her core. Look at that, finally one is victorious. The others die weak with envy and lust. They'll never find out what might have been. He, the poor one without many chances, only one in a million, has somehow managed to outsmart all the barriers. I'll be a genius but misunderstood.

(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / 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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