is exactly the space between heaven and earth, where you should learn that not everything revolves around you, where freedom should be free, where your energy and that of the person next to you should be the same. It's what the Universe has left us to guard and take care of religiously in order to find the key to eternity. It's the air we should have breathed in with pleasure in the morning and exhaled with warmth in the evening, sitting by the fireside. The biggest house in the world is a utopian ideal that we sell to our children.

(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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