The universe passes through me and I pass through it. I was born running and I will die running after a Morgana girl whom the Devil calls Joy. God keeps me swaddled in Belief and Faith, as I will always be the sinful son. I struggle in the ash of life through money, houses, cars and feelings of superiority. And I miss my grandparents, the lambs on the field, the cold air in the mornings where I would go to school. The sadness and the melancholy have replaced the blood in my veins. What comes after me is the threshold of my parents' house.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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 every few days. 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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