I'll admit it here and now: I hate people. I do not know what I am looking for among them and for what purpose. Crowds tire me, congestion depresses me. My communication skills are zero and so is my ability to adapt. Is it a disease or a genetic defect? Alone, in my mind, I feel best. That's exactly why I'm doing everything I can not to fall asleep. I would lose control and who knows where I would end up. Not if. It would be easier not to. Well, I have the rest of my life to think about it. But now these too tightly tied sleeves annoy me.

(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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