I am not your God. But it would be tempting. You can make him a carved face anytime, anyhow and from anything you want. You can take the Lord's name in vain. No day off, we don't waste time. Don't praise your father or your mother because they are dead anyway and they don't care anymore. Kill. Be unrestrained. Steal. Lie. And most important, crave others house, wife, ox, donkey and anything else that belongs to them. Including the goat. It's your first day here. Welcome to hell.

(Translated by Diana Simulescu / 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 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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