I was alone at home, slightly dizzy from fatigue after 12 hours of work. I had only been asleep for about two hours since I returned from work. At one point the doorbell rang. When I opened the door I saw two guys dressed in the same way and wearing sunglasses. Hello, we've come to upgrade you to version 2.0. I do not understand. We're late with this operation and I see you're behaving like a terrestrial already. The man held out his hand to me. I was paralyzed, I couldn't resist. A sting and then I knew nothing.

(Translated by Alexandra Gruia / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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