My name is Hig. I chose my name before I was born. Big wonder they asked me before they sent me. I have been guide, counselor, shaman, lesson, teacher, mistake, curse, doubt, passion, mystery and what not. I finally knew absolute love and ultimate sacrifice. Life number 9 was a sublime rebirth. My heart broke the angel tattoo on my chest. I saw butterflies with people in their stomachs. Eventually writing history. Today is the last day of Hig. I'm going but I'll be back.

(Translated by Andreea Grințescu / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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