On the first day, I said: let there be sky. And they all started clamoring for something. And I realized that this thing was bad. Then I said: let there be earth. And we hit rock-bottom. I realized that this too was bad. Then I said: let there be an expanse of water. And a pipe broke right in front of the apartment building. I realized that this was not good either. I said: let there be light. Which seemed fine. Until the bill came. Let there be fish, I said. Something definitely stinks, they said. Let there be animals. The horns of the BMWs blared. I give up on creating religions.

(Translated by Diana Pașcanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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