HE was sitting on the river in Nirvana, peeing out a rainbow; further downstream, Allah was playing checkers with Shiva, and Jehovah was slapping Mohammed at a game of Slap the Soldier with Buddha. Milkom and Moloch were trying to explain to Ra how long his beak should be, while Chemosh was playing with a saw cutting an apple branch held by Baal, who was blowing balloons out of fluffy clouds bubblegum. Zamolxis and Dagda sat alone and drank, one on one side of the river, the other across the river. They were all waiting for God. They were one and the same. And all was well.

(Translated by Camelia Diaconu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Eliana Ionoaia / 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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