I'm dead and you want to write about me? The obituary must have 500 characters, tears included. I don't want any lame, philosophical sayings about death, life advice for the guys left behind, or inspirational quotes about reincarnation. Don't use the exclamation point to be happy that I died or suspension points to be sad. What is written with diacritical marks satisfies even the worst critic. If you don't follow the rules first I will haunt you, then I will move your furniture around the house. Peace.

(Translated by Ruxandra Adriana Dodoiu / 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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