I stopped for a while on the bench to catch my breath and I thought of you, how you have time for everything, how you show me that you are close to me, that you don't let me walk aimlessly through the darkness of the unnatural bestowed upon the world in which I spend the years that you give me, so naturally, to keep me informed of the fact that you are and that I am, and for all this, I thank you. Now I'm going to blow out the candles and hug my family. To tell them I love them. Keep them healthy for me. And me with them.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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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