They multiplied. They could be seven, eight billions. They're alike. Apparently. They vibe differently. There seems to be a balance, but there's not. Blocked neural pathways. Extremely low electric potential. Jamming. Can you hear me? Now? Yes. Most of them have their shields down. They don't understand their own messages. Pale colours. I'm in. Yes, just as I thought. They pressed the self-destruct button. They don't know it's about energy. Jamming. Can you hear me? Yes, I'll repeat. An intense orange takes over the Earth.

(Translated by Ema-Teodora Rădulescu / 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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