We no longer keep track of what day it is. The depression has taken us all. Humanity has reached the peak of its existence. Though there is peace and prosperity, the world is no longer enjoying anything. The researchers' news are getting worse and worse. We are all alone in the universe, which, by the way, is finite. All the galaxies and planets have been studied, no sign of life to interact with. I'm exhausted. At night, when there's no one around, I cart around various symbols in the wheat fields. I hope to restore hope among people.

(Translated by Alina-Dorina Nicolae / 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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