God woke up from his slumber lured by the smell, stretched his Most Holy and Almighty bones until they crackled and opened the hatch: below, the Earth was wrapped up in smoke. He thought with blessed wonder that people look more and more like wolves and lions, they've become carnivorous, and the grill smoke sneaking up in Heaven tempted him during Dormition Fast. I'll leave them in peace for a lil' bit more, as long as the trees have leaves, thought he. Then he lowered the Universal Thermostat. He didn't notice it was barely September, not November.

(Translated by Alexandra Lica / 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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