Do you know them? Those who look in the mirror and are afraid to talk to their own reflection, because it is possible that tomorrow someone will already know what they have discussed with themselves. The thirst for gossip is enormous. Some of them seem like they have liposuctions done on their souls. Their only joy is someone else's mistake, lurking in a petty prayer on the tip of their happy greasy lips. They are individualistic garbage, devoid of self-respect and principles, sometimes dry, sometimes filled with poison and jealousy. They are envious. On what? On the sourness of others.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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 every few days. 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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