I am an echo of nothingness, a silence of the darkness I'll become. I wear my shroud of nothingness, still being wrong in my misjudgment regarding this perverted world. As I am myope, I recognize people after the way their shadow walks. That's why I use this talisman out of self-oblivion's remains to distinguish the right path. My poor sense of charity makes me believe in the mysticism of the cross that I wear around my neck as a noose of human misery. And everything around seems vanity to me. Even your adoration.

(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 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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