Is it about the heart or the brain? If it's about the brain, would it be about the right or left hemisphere? Is it about being a woman or being a man? Maybe it's about both, but when you draw the line, balance is key. Excess is seriously damaging, whether it is reason or feelings, woman or man, love or indifference. When I stripped myself of illusions and fears and learned the difference between loneliness and solitude, I went out into the world again and cast my net. There are plenty of fish in the sea.

(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 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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