She was sitting on the floor, lost between books and empty bottles. She was standing up only to dancelasciviously for the public. And she was laughing, her shame being uncreated. She wasn't the best source of inspiration for his reintegration because she was awakening his desires and was weakening his control. He stopped caring for coming back in the real world since he met her in that simulation. Do you feel how we head to the infinite, she asked him before touching him. Since then he was only thinking how to eliminate the other users.
(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.