I was born on a Thursday, under a star of justice. As I grew older, I became more of a vigilante. I hated lies, I fought for the truth. When I finished high school, I wanted to be a detective. My mother didn't let me. Now I'm a screenwriter and an actor. I play in my own police movies with happy endings. I don't let any villain get away with it. I like writing down all the captured assassins in a notebook. In total, so far, there are 29. Today, in the park, I saw a gorgeous woman. She had a murderous look. She knocked me over.

(Translated by Florina Șamata / 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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