In an imaginary town in a galaxy not very far away, meaning in ours, there's been a phenomenon that ignores the laws of physics, and I find this far-fetched even for fiction. A glance was cast down from the sky and remained suspended, gathering hoards of busybodies. A wise man said that it'll remain suspended for only 91 days, and on the 92nd something so terrible is going to happen that the wise man suddenly disappeared after speaking to me. And has it? Tomorrow is the 92nd day.
(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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.