In the beginning, the woman's soul was raw and empty. Her eyelid then parted the darkness from the light and she saw the man. Let there be love, she said. It was the first day. On the second day, the woman made the sky and made the man light it. Then she made a garden with trees and sweet words, to make her man happy. She saw that his joy was the best thing, she rolled up her sleeves and made beer and barbecues, burping and scratching, football and cars. On the seventh day, she rested. Then the man's eyes opened. Let there be another woman, he said.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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