Tic-tac-toe drumming with crooked fingers, arthritis had penetrated his purple phalanges, he smiled thinking how he had faked death, isolated from the world, for such a long time, in the silver spire of the Universal Church bell tower. In black-and-white robes, hoods pulled over their eyes, six monks smoked the pipe of mystic ecstasy and SB, the immunizing substance, with the angels in the basement preparing the Officiant for the Great Burial. He checked the counter, since the beginning of the Pandomini, 1 billion of the quadrillion had died, he took the mandatory pill. It's Hunchback 022385.

(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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