The excavations uncovered a god melted over all of humanity. He had exhausted himself from so much creative breath. I'm not crazy about Him. We have an aseptic relationship, but His loving gaze got me thinking. How He stood there tiny, like a little puppy with his nose tucked under his paw, staring at me, the archaeologist of the Word, waiting for me to discover Him among the ruins of His personal Heaven. What have I done to Him? I put Him in a box with other gods like Him. I labeled Him as a reject. We are two.

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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