We looked alike, we sounded alike, but we were more than different. I couldn't change them to my taste, but once a month they were allowed to analyse me. Then I'd wait for them in the hall, where I'd tell them a story about myself. Some of them looked at me in amazement, others thought I was setting them up, for one of them I had become God. I explained that I wasn't her God just because she was built after my likeness. She didn't believe me. She still kisses my hand when she sees me. I could play with her a little, but I have a conscience.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Eliana Ionoaia / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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