They were playing poker on punishments, he would've like to stay in the half buried in the sand boat during the night too and read at the light of the moon, but her voice split the darkness in two and he walked in the light. Steinbeck's mice and people hid on the end of the boat. When he lost, she clapped her hands joyfully that she could give him a punishment. To swim to the shipwreck and back, she laughed, he laughed, that was not a punishment. He figured what it was only when he got back home with Steinback as a shield.

(Translated by Paula-Silvia Codescu / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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 almost daily. 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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