When he couldn't sleep, God put on his apron and went out to clear his thoughts. Lately, he's been having a lot of problems. He grabbed hold of moon's ray and came down to earth. He never knew where he'd end up, but he was glad it was so, God liked surprises. This time, he almost bumped into the window of a bakery. By the dim light of a bulb, the baker kneaded the dough and God's heart began to beat faster. Yes, the same passion. He smiled. Beneath Him lived lesser gods.

(Translated by Adrian-George Ilinca / 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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