I took care of them. The time had come. They were up to no good. They were lying, stealing, thinking that the grass was greener on the other side, committing adultery and they were not even doing these things correctly. Functional illiterates! What else is there to be said? They were goofing around. They started talking about other things too, things that were not their specialty, but mine! Global warming, gender identity, pandemic, wars, energy crisis. I intimated they shouldn't interfere with my duties. Didn't they get it? Reset. I should bench them this time. I'll only send the dinosaurs in.

(Translated by Georgiana Morozii / 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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