We don't know what it was like in the beginning, that thing with in the beginning was the word does not really work for us. The planet then began to get populated, and beings began to live in harmony with nature. The first couple didn't wear clothes before waking up to reality. They then made their garments out of leaves and flowers to match the scenery. One morning, the male woke up rampant, his leaf erect. Looking at the woman in front of him, he thought he'd give in to his instinct. Take it off, he said. And their world grew larger and larger.

(Translated by Oana Ionescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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