That's unacceptable. You drinking so much during work? You just teleported a really big space ship in The Red Square instead of The Red Planet. Instead of a commanding general from Mars you teleported a dying general. But to get drunk so much that to pull that lever? I understand, it was only New Zealand, but still. Do not drink that much anymore, Ivan Nikolaevici, alright? If you were human it would be fine, but you are a robot. Yes, but a Russian robot, said Ivan Nikolaevici metallically.

(Translated by Mălina Ţîru / 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 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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