When the Almighty Master opened the box of matter and the Celestial Bodies ran everywhere, Earth ran for a quiet area of Space to sit. It found the Milky Way, an alley populated by friendly stars and colorful planets. Earth shook off the Big Bang and looked for a mate. He liked the strong and bright Sun, but also the melancholy and shy Moon. He stood like that for a while, suspended between them, then approached the Moon and invited her to dance. A gravitational one. And she didn't say no.

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / 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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