Sincerely speaking, this announced Apocalypse didn't frighten me. If it would come things would have been different, but turning as they did, my response was prompt: I listened to the status quo, I made a SWOT-post, in an exemplary fashion, I identified the weak points (that I don't have garlic at home, and that I haven't been vaccinated with 5G, as the Baptist antiapocalypse neighbor is saying), I have made a risks' management plan, and focused on resources and solutions. Up until, by pure chance, Brad came in with some weed and we started a game of strip poker. Cuz' I know him to be a good player.

(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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