We are done with OCD. We have confessed our obsessions, fears, old ways, unfulfilled dreams out of our guts conceived. Some of you chose not to pick at your compulsions. You want the 8th wonder of the world created in modulo 7. Can't you see the world restarts with it? There's no 8 in a universe ending with 7. The eights of a woman lying on her back are infinites no one talks about. The two Bs from Big Bang are eights. One byte consists of 8 bits. We're living in a world of bytes. This is the great wonder of the world. Brilliantly multiplied, infinitically.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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