Luk, do we have anything today? No, Master. I mean, yeah, just this poor guy. A guy? Yes. And? Look at him over there on the bench. He says he's still alive. Let me talk to him. And the Master transformed into a child. Hello, sir. Hello, child. What's wrong with you? I understand you died. God bless if it is so, because if not, I'll live and see where I'll go after the worms eat me. Sir, don't you think that everything is controlled by a master? It may be, I'm not saying it isn't, only that beyond there is peace and greenery, and here, only rottenness and a burning fire. Right? Oh, I see.

(Translated by Elena Patricia Măroiu / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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