That's it, I've made up my mind. From now on I'll speak the truth and only the truth, no matter the circumstances. I don't care any longer that others are bothered by the truth. That's not my problem. If they are not able to face the facts, let the be. I'm sick and tired of so many lies and hypocrisy. For me, 2022 will be the year of bare truth. Costel, look for a second, do you think I've got fat? No, Rodica, my treasure, perhaps the dressing gown shrank in the wash.

(Translated by Mara-Sabina Rolea / 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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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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