I don't like socialising. I work from home on a few collaborations and I manage to get my payments up front. And for a small commission a friend of mine gathers the money and slips it under my door. I managed to not have an identity. I don't need a name, a social security number or a registration number. I open my window daily with something tied over my eyes and my earplugs in. I have no need to get distracted by the beauties of the world. Isolation has helped me understand that I'm another kind of globe-trotter. I want to travel more into my own mind and reach the speed of light.

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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