You promised you'd take me somewhere beautiful. What is this? Dust everywhere, these alehouses play only music for stoners. Cauldron food, everybody drinks and smokes, everybody does whatever they want on the beach. Look over there at those naked people. Look at that, what hair he has, you can't even tell if it's a boy or a girl. Reading beach. But who does read nowadays? Look at that, he fell asleep beside the totem. Those dogs are mating on the beach. A couple of baldachins. Yes, but these people are free, I wanted to say to her. She had already left, hitchhiking.

(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 every few days. 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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