It's the story of the one who'd left out of nowhere and had lost his way home. When people asked where he was going, he answered, invariably, nowhere, and everyone laughed, taking him for a madman, but perhaps he was the only one who had an answer to the eternal question: where do we come from and where are we going. Everyone hurried to reach someplace, anyplace, skipping episodes, omitting the essence, losing themselves, but he hurried slowly, because when you're leaving from no place, anywhere you arrive can't be worse, though he still wanted to return there.

(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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