it had been one more failed version of the Project. 8 versions already, and the Old Man, oh well, an induced image in the subconscious, still couldn't find a solution. The new things the version was bringing still wasn't enough: the fear of phisical penitence in hell, demons; nothing couldn't make the virus that was infiltrating in every version disappear: human malice. He had stepped on his beard, demonizing his alter ego to only attract them to Light's side, giving even enough acces to free will and dark matter. 9.0.

(Translated by Ema-Teodora Rădulescu / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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