Get naked, excuse me, the subject has changed. I'm glad it did, rather than naked at the Apocalypse, I'm telling you, better absent. Oops, I'm not allowed to use rhymes in here, I gotta go prose. Bros, this is big, everyone is talking about this Apocalypse. Famine, the cold, war, global warming, price hikes, poverty, AIDS, Covid, taking a cold shower together, crickets for breakfast and worms for dinner, generalized malice. As I was telling you, I wouldn't like for the Apocalypse to find me naked. Honey, let's do it dressed from now on.

(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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