This letter is about phrases that fought until their last breath. Reading them now, ten years later, after tens of paragraphs about you, they seem only a multitude of meaningless affirmations. Nonsense transformed into words scribbled on crumpled paper, condemned to be meaningless words. Please don't come here again. I wish you well wherever you've decided to stay. Between the preface and the first chapter. I remembered you only because I am down to the last page. Farewell. You were the good fairy in my story.  

(Translated by Maria Cătălina Moisescu / 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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