Maricica plus Tudorel equal love. Facts are made of words. I've been writing since I was a child and I haven't stopped since. I write what I see or think, I write core feelings. The circle is the emotion of falling in love with a point. I write on petrified smiles or on corners torn from stars, I write on any patch of matter, be it even grey. Uninvited, time passes by. I write and I can't stop. Steluțo, my dear, leave the pen and come to the table, because you have become flickering and you will miss the preselection for the Miss Falling.

(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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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