I'm a zombie, I haven't slept in three days. I knock on the neighbour's door. Now he opens the door. Neighbour, how on Earth can you have sex all night and with all that screaming? I tell the girls to give it all away, to pretend it's the end of the world. And I also pay them 600. How long does the End of the World last to you? 7 nights, he says. He slams the door, I go back into my apartment, desperate. I search everywhere and I manage to gather 666 lei. I take it, go down to the entrance of the building. I'm waiting for the girl who's coming to his place today. I hope she takes the money and leaves. It's a good price to escape the apocalypse. At least for one night.

(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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