Sometimes I write very beautifully, and I congratulate myself for that. Other times I don't like my writing and even get upset when people say such things to me. Because I know mine, and I know mine. Sometimes when I chat with myself on messenger, I get fired up and block myself. Then I unblock myself, because I can't stay mad at myself. Sometimes I fall in love with myself, and even though I love myself, I have to break up with myself, because I'm not good enough for me. Every human is a self that has taken another form.

(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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