26.05.2021
I'm part of an elite band and we have an impossible mission. Somewhere in the midst of the ocean, terrorists have captured a nuclear submarine and are threatening to start a world war. The mission is arranged in the smallest details. The helicopter dropped us off a few miles away with the assault equipment. We dive and count the minutes until we reach the submarine. Suddenly, an unseen hand grabs my hair and pulls me out of the water: My child, you will kill me with your games.

(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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