They denigrate in the PMs. They stealthily throw acid at you. That's what they call virtue. You don't even know which way to look anymore. Who to avoid or how to defend yourself.Because the punishment of the one who steps out of line never comes from above, but from the side.From those in the house. The ones accustomed to hypocrisy. Those who are hurt by your vice. Yes, even dictatorships aren't what they used to be. Nowadays it's no longer about neighbor against neighbor. Rather, it has come down to appearances against appearances. Unfortunately, nothing is about to be over anytime soon.

(Translated by Bianca Ioana Prisecaru / 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 every few days. 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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