Not everything that flies has angel feathers. Since ever I was an authentic pilot. In the spring I was fired because I was dancing Macarena, but with the ding dong in sight, without any clothes. Then in school they banished me from 3 different schools because, I quote `Inadequate behaviour by undermining the teaching authority``, just by obsessively asking`why?`. I won't mention high-school, because you'll think about the red dots, but is certain that since then I am gliding between criminal records and jobs. Tomorrow I have my last flight. They bury me. Cancer.

(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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