I have perfected a wonderful serum that turns the lifeless bodies into tree seeds. Good bye morgues, funerals or cemeteries. The seed will be secretly planted, according to everyone's heart. The cutting trees will be prohibited, otherwise how could we distinguish between the soul-trees and the others? Family is the only one permitted. How would it be like to sleep on a bed made of your mother, eat on a table made of you grandmother and sit on a chair made of your grandfather? Terra will become the Milky Way green lung and we will hold our roots in a noisy shindy.

(Translated by Emilia-Georgiana Călinescu / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, 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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