Hey, I have been in The Vostok station's paleosit for two hours, tonight I'm coming home, I have the pozitronic ship. The station is a wreck. Throughout the mess I found an archaic device. Being curious, I found out that it was a strange button: I pressed it by mistake and it developed a photo from the past. I pressed it one more time and it printed another one, the second to last one made photography. It was very strange. I found further clues, please send me the map plotting device, I found the first time loop.

(Translated by Camelia Băluţă / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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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