I have died several times. The first time was the hardest. I was a child and the abuse killed my innocence. Later, betrayal took the light out of my eyes. Then with each breakup I died a little more. I have left many places and people behind. With them, a piece of me. Wonder that I still exist, with empty eyes, with a hollow chest in which only the echo of a sinking heart can be heard. Murderous years, a barren succession, crowned supremely with my last death, when I shall confidently take the great step into the afterlife.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / 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.

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