About the apocalypse, with love, that's how Ana's paper started. She has read a lot about the end of the world and she has seen documentaries but it seems nothing could convince her that one day God shall keep silent and the dead will rise from their graves. Fine, maybe there will be a loud shock, the seas will overflow and the stars will fall from the sky, but she will not be here. What hurts her more is poor ol' man Nicolae from the street corner, begging for his loaf of bread, and Maria's children, the ones from the other street, dirty, hungry and sick. The apocalypse is happening now.

(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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