In five to six weeks it is functional. Two-way traffic from one end to the other. Perfect isolation, waterproof tunnel and organic fibre cables. It's generally used for food transport but there are also two arteries, which are absolutely environmentally friendly, through which waste and CO2 waste is drained. Regular checks are made and the system is scanned to maintain perfect connections. More important is the emotional one, the only one that will remain after nine months, when the umbilicus is tied off.

(Translated by Oana Irina Oprea / 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, 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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