The mankind self-destroyed shortly after a scientist invented a technology through which at some point in their life, people would got tattooed on their skin - studies couldn't get no further in explaining the correlation - the name their one true love. It couldn't be otherwise, for once they found out that they are not on the first place, people required a technology upgrade and the tattooing of the updated list until the current love. No one liked being on the fifth, eighth, twenty eighth place.
(Translated by Camelia Băluţă / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)
*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.