Every time. I think it's because of the wrong readings and movies. Inappropriate for the times and, above all, for reality, for life. I found depths in any swamp, and I was this Ecaterina Teodoroiu who saved everything that could be saved. Only that what could be saved did not want to be saved. 20 years later, I understood that there is only one Savior and all you have to do is cry out loud and reach out. He will grab your wrist and lead you out of the darkness. Forever.

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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