They are happy. Why? Because it is said that one day, all gods gathered to have fun at the expense of man and thought of hiding his happiness he chases so much. Every god came up with ideas: on earth, in water, in heaven, in space. But the only idea that was approved by all was, into itself. Happiness would be hidden in man. And for thousands of years the gods have had a great deal of fun at the expense of the man who chases his happiness everywhere. That until the Molobongo. They discovered the secret.

(Translated by Roberta Ana-Maria Gulerez / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 every few days. 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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