We all the children from the block were sitting on a bench and were waiting for the students' stories, who had read a few S.F books. I was afraid of aliens and their spaceships. What if they just heard what we were talking about? They could kidnap us and experiment on us and after that they could abandon us on a planet in a galaxy far away. I was a sickly child, so clearly an useless one. The students were telling us that the earth would be invaded during the solar eclipse. I told my grandmother everything, she smiled and asked me to guard the chickens.

(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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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