about me? You are the ones asking me this? You, who abandoned me on the asymmetrical steps of despair, you who planted the seed of sorrow inside me? You have that courage? Well, Mom, Dad, I'm letting you know I'm sad. I am a newly ordained priest, I carry a stigmatized Bible in my bandaged hands, with my eyes taken out, with my jaw crushed by words. I preach a gospel of bitterness to a deaf crowd in a transition era. Yes, but they thrive in their hypocritical lives in the light, good and boring.

(Translated by Claudia Cioplea / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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