Stay calm, the Federation keeps an eye open for you. The message was still running on all screens, and we were still convinced that somebody up there it's still loving us. That's the reason why the Apocalypse caught us relaxed and with the mind well rested. Why would you worry if you are already to die. But it wasn't death. It was Illumination. The new lords didn't come down from the sky as the visionaries have anticipated. They come out from the center of the Earth and devoured everything. It was proven that the mutations were unlimited. It's us, the cockroaches and we will survive.

(Translated by Camelia Băluță / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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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