Everything makes sense, right up to the end and beyond. My lived and unlived life is an extension of a Mandala. Alternating the fight between Light and Dark. Always free to choose, aware that any choice will have an inevitable consequence, increasingly limited by needs. I am my own King, ruling both ways: towards others and towards myself. Free, if I prefer the Truth. On the last move, I give up. Because I will never be captured. Just a pilgrim, in search of the magical Mandala of Shiva.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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