My journey began in the Western Carpathians, in Bulz. They threw me into the water on the swirling course of Crisul Repede. I soon arrived in the Tisza and after a detour through Pannonia, in the Danube. I travelled east, escaping the quicksand of the Delta. I crossed the Black Sea without incident and the dream of passing through the Golden Horn came true. Through the Dardanelles I flowed into the Great Sea, then floated through storms and dangers. I reached the Atlantic island after 2 months, the plastic paradise of any pet.

(Translated by Elena Creţu / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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 Ficţiuni Reale.

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