What does a winner mean? And don't give me definitions from the dictionary. Where there is a winner, there is also a loser. I didn't come here to hit someone while they are down. I'm here to Grow spiritually. Loving. Life isn't about winning, not even against Yourself. You will lose too. I love both my courage and my fears. Life is about Living. Between the only two certain points- Birth and Death. If I can do some good in the meantime, I do it, if not, I step aside. Be a winner, man, that's your goal. With me it's with Veni. Vidi. Period.

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / 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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