Forgive me, mother. You nearly died twice and I was not beside you. I texted you, I couldn't call, I was going live. I wasn't home for Easter, or for Christmas. For the last 22 years. I was not besides my wife when she gave birth to our baby, I was not beside my child when he made his first steps, when he said the word dad. I never was. Anywhere. I sold my youth and my life to some dirty editorial offices. Today I quit. Today, now, here. I am coming home, however it is. I am coming to you, whoever is left. The last camera head, beta, signature, goodbye.

(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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