Mummy, is the Acopalypse bad? Like when it was a big storm and rain entered our balcony and you ran down the stairs to cover the car with a blanket? Or like when Daddy forgot your birthday and you cried? Baby, it's called the Apocalypse. It means the end of the world. There's no reason to be afraid. Are you gonna hold my hand, like when I rode in the ambulance? If the end comes, I'll hold you in my arms. You know what, Mommy, why don't you just text God and tell him my tummy hurts so we can miss the Acopalypses?

(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.

0 comentarii