We could stay on the island, watch the sky blue every day, as much as we have left, I whispered to him. Ok, he said, but if you wanted to stay at a four star hotel, and doomsday were to hit in a week at best. What does it matter, I reply as I shrug, we live on credit. Woman, you have no money. We are going back to work. Those people are coming to work in the garden. Plus, I have a game to catch. Well, ok, I mumbled in response. But I silently admire these home slippers, soft, white, easy to fit in the luggage. Maybe it's not doomsday, but it could be.

(Translated by Elena-Diana Cocîr / 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 March 2022, the group has 8,050 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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