They have always been looking back at me from the mirror in tandem. In the beginning, unsure and timid, they were slowly sharpening their swords upon entering the battlefield, biting into the mind and soul with primordial hunger: vanity and modesty, lie and truth, pride and humility, brutality and tenderness. Angel and demon in their strife for supremacy. Although, originally, I had received such a controversial, but at the same time, dignified offering, deeply ingrained in me, which spread like ivy, infiltrating the most hidden nooks of the being: free will.

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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