I don't want grow up more than I already have, I know things, I can swear properly, with blasphemy, I can lie angelically, what's the big deal? However, if this whole thing of growing up were to be true, I swear I'd become God in an instant, I would roll up my sleeves and create the world from the beginning, you, darkness, stay on my right, you, light, move to the left, you're a cool girl, but I'm more into mystery, good, so,a puddle here, some dust there, I'll create Eve out of my riband Adam out of hers, some animals and that's it. Yes, mom, I'm doing my homework.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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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