I kill innocent people. Deliberately and cold blooded. I am a cynical predator. A diabolical mind. I feed on the fear and tears of the weak. I care nothing for the law or morals. I'm lucky. I even have supporters. An army of fools who see some sense of duty or even patriotism. I'm a tyrant who steals the freedom and history of my brothers, but also the magic of a child's birth. I look for internet trolls eager to clean my name, polish my ego, so that I could happily shoot another selfie whilst riding my bear.

(Translated by Elena-Diana Cocîr / 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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