Sweet child of mine, there are moments we are given not to learn a lesson from them, but to make us feel happiness. Simple. Authentic. Profound. Those kinds of moments when intimacy is meaningless, moments which you want to live so that everyone can see it. It's not about impressing anyone, but prolonging the happiness of sharing with others parts of your soul. They are sunrises, twilights, life-giving rains, child kisses, parental embraces. Frame all of them in your heart, to worship, as a talisman when living your life.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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