I actually was absent for the Apocalypse. I could only keep myself awake for the beginning of that Bulgarian movie, and then I fell asleep with a newspaper on my face. The screams of my wife rose me: Wake up. It's an earthquake. I ran for the window; I opened it and saw the final writhing of the beast. I can only remember the infernal noise and the road wavering between the blocks. My wife always says that I wanted to leave my family, like a coward. Pure slander. Actually, I was thinking about the best way to act: should I get my child out through the window or the vestibule?

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / 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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