I see life as a one-way street and depending on the car you drive, slower or faster, everything vanishes in your wake. Occasionally you glance in the rear-view mirror and hear those rusted boxes belting out Just Married With Life but you get used to the noise. Eventually. Though I've learned something really fuckin' well. You can never go back. Just forward. You have two options. You start being afraid and give up or you say Fuck it and take revenge for your entire emotional baggage by forgiving everyone and yourself. That's the only way.

(Translated by Ioana Ștefan / 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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