Tears, smiles, fear, successes. Ready. I put everything. Is there anything else? You said you were taking some failure too. I take. Do you think I can take it? You can. Put failure too. Failure and losses, but some magic too. Will you give me magic? Do you think you can carry magic as well? Yes, I can. I will be a soul full of everything. What else should I take? Anger? Will I be angry? Or better to take kindness? You choose. I don't know. Is kindness important? Of course. Perhaps the most important. And forgiveness? Yes. Forgiveness as well Do I have to suffer so as to learn to forgive? It's your choice. Take what you want.

(Translated by Ioana Negrea / 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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