God was young. He was looking at the boundless mass, the immeasurable boulder that floated through the endless, beginningless, endless fog of what will be called the Universe. With a fresh gleam of all-seeing eyes, he unfolded before him a screen on which the ideas of the all-knowing mind were pasted. He moved here and there a galaxy with the right-hand index finger that Michelangelo would paint in 4,500 billion years and then made the most beautiful parting. Light from darkness, land from water.

(Translated by Otilia Mocanu / 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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