And there was light. Just enough to keep the old man from bumping his fingers during Creation Week. And he did what he did according to his word, working all the idyllic and innocent world until the seventh day when he tired and rested. And scarcely had the old man fallen asleep, when...what a rustle, what a stir. Father, turn on that Light again, for the legions in the pit of sleeping reason have gathered to drag us into the darkness of perdition. Come, for our candle of hope is out. You little shits, it seems I can't leave you alone for one moment.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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