I think I'm cured. Can I go back to work? Well, didn't you have a good time with us? You got everything. Delicacies, the finest drinks, the most beautiful women, trips to places designed especially for you, experiences you wouldn't have had even if you were Him himself. The universe has been there for you, to grant you every wish, even the ones you didn't even know you had. And you want to leave, Peter? You can, if instead of being a VIP here, you'd rather be a doorman in Heaven.

(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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