Some of them have loved me fo' real, while others have broken my trust. With some of them I've shared moments of tenderness, whereas with others I've learned what it means to be silent, to postpone doing something. Some of them have taken me under their wing, while I, in turn,have protected others. How full of experiences and how nice 2022 has been! I'm happy and thankful for everything I've received, but never asked for. Happy New Year, fictionists! I'm glad that I got to know you and that we're going to share the same little house next year too. Champagne glass emojis. Cheers. Kisses from Silvi.

(Translated by Valentina Mihai / 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 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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