Come in. Don't be scared. I think we're the last ones. I heard that there were still some lost through the Amazon, but as the Amazon is burning, they will also die. All of the nations and religions are gathered here, even all sex interests, but none of these matters. Our planet is burning. There is no one to debate whether it is from natural causes or not. Do you want water? It's probably full of plastic, but we've known that for a while now. You can sleep in a cave. We will hide out here in the light. Who knows, maybe one day this place will become a museum one day.

(Translated by Alma Teodora Miron / 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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