Ana, what are you doing? What should be done, dear mother. That was my father's last wish. I am convinced that now, after he gave his last breath, his paintings will be worth more than when he lived, and this work will be one of the best. It will be called Plus Infinite. I hardly manage not to cry, not to crash. Oh, do you need help? No, Mom, you can continue your preparations. No one can help us. Anyway, all I have to do is to keep his hand on the brush and follow the sketch and to be careful that this self-portrait will be flawless.

(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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