The Big Bang was persisting in his ears. It had slapped him hard and thrown him straight into the sea. But he had nothing to complain about, the sun shone and the sea stretched endlessly, clean and warm. He swam for a while and found out that he was completely alone. Sea, Sun, him, and nothing else. After a few twists and turns of the Earth, phosphoric acid finally discovered a carbohydrate and a pyrimidine. Girls, can I make you a ribbon? he laughed out loud, and as they agreed, the first DNA began to splash merrily in the primordial soup.

(Translated by Georgiana Carmen Rădulescu / 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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