I've been writing since I was a kid. But I got up from my childhood having the embarrassment of not sharing soulless stories. I thought I was one of so many others, and I hid my words. Some were kept in old notebooks lying around the attic of the house, others caught fire, lit when the wind blew at the windows. Life has always postponed the written story, every day meant tomorrow. A promise without a future. One day I found myself in front of a piece of paper, the memory of a promise burned, and I rediscovered the words.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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 April 2022, the group has 8,175 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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