I killed them all. It's all their fault. That's how it always goes. Some of them argued constantly, they became rude and violent, and the rest of them bickered about the theory of relativity, multiverse, quantum mechanics. It was time. Then, I started getting bored. I got old. I could usually get by for a few thousand years. Now, it's only been a hundred and I'm already over it. I should get to work. How did it go? First come the earth and the sky. You can't even see the instructions anymore. Oh, right: Press START.

(Translated by Bianca Ioana Prisecaru / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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 every few days. 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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