09.05.2022
Farewell, mother. Please do not mourn me. My path will be smooth, my rest peaceful. You take care of yourself, knowing you raised me with dignity and honesty. Everything hurts, I must go. Goodbye everyone. Please know I loved you so dearly, born in the wrong era and too poor to be in the right one; I will pass away with the same calm demeanour, pleading for a more noble, more righteous cause. You will remain in my memories, cherished and pure. I fear for only one thing. You, starting this all over again.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucașu / 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 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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