\'Ey, up, Demiurge! Lucifer, hello? Are y'all sleeping? You can bet the Tarred one challenged him to a dice game and the ol' one dozed off. Like then, with the dinosaurs. When he had to remake the Light, Earth and Animals. And he also picked up pottering. What was he going to come up with, at his age? A spineless dude. And he also tore one of his ribs in order to make him a wife. And those two had tasted wisdom so much that they were so ashamed and filled the world with people. It's good that he decided, at least, to clean up. And I again was missing when he did.

(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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