3050 AD. We've kept ourselves safe from the World Okult, az mach az we could. It isnot az bad az it is sed, here, iven if we hurt each other sometines. Hau the hell do you spell that with or, it drives me crazy, sweet Meta, because sweet Veta iz sed to be dead, since she's broken the sink and we've fought a war with the water. Whateva, nothing can touch uz. We've created our own lenguage, we've bild a dome ov sunflower seeds, we still drink beer in plastic botlez, Turkish-derived pop folk music (manele) everywhere, God save us.

(Translated by Denisa Dărăban / 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 November 2021, the group has 7.500 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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