I had become obsessed with the question Why are people so bad? So obsessed that I went in search of the Savior. I put on my Where is Jesus now t-shirt, my cross around the neck, my sandals and walked out into the street, confidently inhaling the noxious fumes of Bucharest. I stepped onto the first crossing, feeling the heat of the asphalt like a devil's cauldron, and at the other end of this bitumen savanna, I spotted the beggar. He was holding a sign that said Apocalypse Now. I remembered I hadn't seen the movie.  

(Translated by Andreea Ciubuc / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / 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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