I'm broken. I have an attachment problem. I have a hard time parting with objects, places, and people. I lent Cat's Cradle to a classmate in high school, and she returned it to me with the last two pages missing. I loved that book so much it hurts even now when I remember it. It sits there, injured, on the shelf, and I can't fathom not having it on my bookshelf. On my last day of high school, I counted every step I took in the hallways, every emotion, and every crystal-clear chime of our laughter in the most solid corner of my soul. Then, bouncing happily, I leapt into the future.

(Translated by Camelia Diaconu / 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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