People tell me I talk a lot. It's true that I tell them well, but I don't know how to stop, because that's the way I like it, not to keep quiet. Between you and me, silence may be golden, but big talk is like vegetable soup full of honey. It gives a unique flavour and an unquenchable thirst for more. No, to each his own, but even now I pity the thing that has ever pushed me to let silence nestle in me, like the bed of a rifle in the shoulder pad, because I'll catch the bitch in the eye and shoot her without saying a word.

(Translated by Cosmina-Florentina Ciobanu / 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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