I know nothing about eternity, because I spend my days alone. Here, in the heart of the mountains, every moment seems like an eternity. And after all, who knows what is eternal and what is not? Look, take a piece of bread, so that you don't have to eat anymore. Did you climb the mountain just to ask me this? Good thing you didn't get eaten by the beasts of the forest like they did with other mystery seekers. Wouldn't you rather kiss a girl at dance in the village than walk in the mountains? I didn't choose this life, it chose me, forever.

(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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