If you asked me, he couldn't care less if he lived or died, he had a miserable life anyway. With that thought in mind he bought that ticket. It's the biggest diamond, said the Midget. We could die on our way, but at least we risk it for a better life. Luna is the one who packed his things and took him to the airport. Why do you want us to get rich? Igor looked at her in silence. We can build a house, he answered. We have a house. Maybe a bigger one, with a garden? I don't need anything, because for that I could lose everything. You are my everything, my home.

(Translated by Maria Cătălina Moisescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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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