I'm Pablo Gedonski. In love butterflies will turn into worms, then you should expect the stench. Igor Sushakov, Your wolfish flair only shows that you have the instincts of a criminal pack. Viktor Monttorssi, You're a woman, I'm a man, you've got some gaps I could fill. Egroeg Itemod, Objects seen in the rear-view mirror are closer than they seem when they are shattered under the wheels of time. That's why drivers drive with their GPS to their soul mate. El von Adolfo Gregoire, The joy of a death can be more beneficial than its sorrow.

(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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