Wave 25, East Wall. Forgive me for not writing, but I have suffered serious losses. I've been working shifts for six hours, since oxygen was rationalized. I often think that you never complained, even though, on the front, you operated in more difficult conditions. Last night the virus spoke to me. I didn't dream, be sure of it. Since I have accepted it, my fever has dropped. He says I'm compatible. If I'll be a good host, he'll take me to his planet. I'm waiting for good news, Dad. He sealed the message in an envelope and handed it to the courier.

(Translated by Otilia Mocanu / 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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