600 seconds to impact. Tick Tock. Who launched the rockets?, asked the Americans in the teleconference. We don't know, answered the Russians and Chinese. We don't know, answered the others one by one. So we, the parties, wanted to do the Tik Tok friendship dance of nations too, here in the Romanian Parliament, and we pushed some buttons we thought were the strobe lights. Apparently they weren't. How long have we got? Ten seconds? Big deal, we can just press Ctrl+Alt+Delete. That's it, problem solved. Right?

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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