it went like this: A is no longer for archer. It takes three to tango. A good beginning is only seen in pictures. Familiarity breeds content. Friendship ends where poverty begins. A room without books is like a bird without wings. My friends are few because I don't have any. Promise less and keep promising. When in doubt tell a lie. You think therefore you are depressed. Not even chaos is what it used to be. A borrowed pot will never be seen again. A thief passes for a gentleman when he is on a beach in the Maldives. Still alive and kicking and under treatment.  

(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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