They were together, but the competitive spirit was in the air. They advanced in turn, instinctively, with tenacity. Destiny and DNA could have embodied them in any imaginable personality and could have become highly specialized professionals, artists, athletes or even fiction writers. But just as well, they could simply remain idiots, as there are many in this world. In the end, it's a team thing, but as it always happens, only one can be the best. The first to arrive fertilizes the egg.

(Translated by Claudia Alexandra Văcărescu / 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, 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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