NASA is broadcasting live images near the moon. In the deepest darkness, little Earth can be seen setting. From hundreds of thousands of miles away, the home I share with other 8 billion people seems like a dot of a blue marker made by a child who doesn't know yet how to begin his drawing. I can seethe moon spinning on my phone's displayand a stopwatch measuring the time left until the next sunrise of the Earth. I can't help thinking of myself as a god who holds his creation in his hands.

(Translated by Alin Sescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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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