I am sitting on a gold mine made of words and this seems the most dangerous thing to me. I'm always last at the queue of spiritual evolution in this El Dorado of promises. Maybe that's because I distorted the purity of a feeling with its lexical definition. Ok, Mr. Stelică, are you buying the pickaxe or not? I also have other customers and I don't have time to listen to your nonsense. Auntie Anuța, I can feel the color of death. Naturally, it's the apocalypse. Take the pickaxe and crack the skulls of a few zombies and you'll get yourself together. C'mon, let me miss you.
(Translated by Georgiana Morozii / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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.