I didn't want to be born, no one asked me if I agreed. My mother didn't want it either, she did her best not to appear in the world. She only managed to mutilate me, to get me a few handicaps on my honor. I've accepted myself and I'm fine the way I am. Unfortunately, my brain is alive and well, it works more than I'd like. This hurts. What else can I say, it's me with me, spending the holidays in front of a bottle of wine. I receive wishes from virtual friends. Happy holidays to you too.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Mușetescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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