Imagine that what I'm about to tell you is beyond your imagination. It won't be hard for you, because it's unfiltered reality, but for the sake of appearances, and especially for the pride of the warped reality with which you're feeding your neurons, we'll conventionally call it fiction. What a relief, you'll say breathlessly; you won't have to admit that I'm obsessing over you, from the old aimer, or accept that I am making love with your mind every time you read me, regardless of your gender. But I don't mind being your bitter lover, either, or you invoking me in silence.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoș / 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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