I've always been a rebel. With clenched fists, I was arguing with whoever I got the chance, with my mom, with the neighbors, with destiny, with the past, with the rain, with the ticket controller. I lived to raise my voice and my small, clenched fists, like in a ring, having like sole purpose to defeat my opponent. To be right seemed to me the best bright victory. I went to him still wanting to fight. That why I died, that it wasn't time for that yet. When my voice trailed off, I spat out a gag of darkness and fists blossomed into wings.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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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