The call to write is not about titles. If there is pleasure there is also treasure if I may be allowed this humble metaphor. And there are enough bumblebees or wasps that call themselves bees, but bitterness lies in their verse. Yes, only that this cavalcade of equine words is a flavorless rattle meant to seed within a bright mind a scandal of reason. Are you telling me all this? Without a doubt it will produce resentfulness and harm. Then why are you doing it? Because I am superior. I wonder how many will get the hidden message.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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 almost daily. 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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