I confess a lot. First of all, I'm sad. I know it's a shame, but I can't be happy. I cried in front of strangers. I know it's embarrassing. I could not help myself. I didn't smile at the first person I met. I know I have to be nice all the time, but sometimes I don't feel like it. I said good morning instead of good morning and good evening instead of good evening. I know that's the way it is, it's just the same for me. Should I smile thirty times a day? Thanks.

(Translated by Carol Popa Zafiriadi / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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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