He didn't manage to succeed anything in this life. After finishing ten classes, now he's living in a shack, he has no wife, and he's working at a factory. Because Earth had to be evacuated, he thought that it was time to do something memorable for the humankind. He would be the last man to carve his name on a terrestrial stone. While the man left the orbit, down on Earth, a woman who appeared behind an apple tree kept encrusting the piece of stone: Adam+Eve= Love.

(Translated by Ana Maria Adriana Oprea / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.300 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 almost daily. 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.

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