Hypocrisy is one of the most expensive sins, boy, when it's reflexive. What do you mean, reflexive? When you're hypocritical with yourself. I still don't get it. You must have the courage, my boy, to admit to yourself how you feel, what you want and what you believe. And live your life in accordance with all that. Otherwise you'll be in deep trouble. Well, do great people do that? Most don't. At some point they get scared and prefer to say they don't understand or that it's not possible or that it's not right. He takes a sip from the golden cup.

(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / 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 May 2022, the group has 8,350 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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