Gold, silver and bronze, that's because I am the Sport of the World and that's the only way I can reward the efforts of some of God's athletes, that supporter who controls everything that moves. The elected ones of your species are capable of pushing human limits beyond performance and that is why they should be rewarded. Sometimes I'm not that important, but they deserve the stage and their rightful reward. It's possible I'm not expressing myself well, because, hey, I'm just Sport, I have muscles on my brain, but I speak from my big heart.

(Translated by Alina-Dorina Nicolae / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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