Silence births monsters. Really? How do you know? He rolls up one of those slender joins carefully, smells it appreciatively and then lights it, closing an eye. What a ceremony. I know my kind really well, he answers. I guess so, I say to myself looking around and only seeing trees and a small cave. You know, I came here from the Moon because all the other planets are talking about the sole survivor of the apocalypse. How was it? Silence. He squints and touches his long beard. I don't know, I wasn't there.

(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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