Let's take our clothes off and dive into the sea, it's dark and desolate, she told me. You couldn't see the moon, but you could feel its idle breath in your nape. Metallic chords and kettles waiting for the sunrise and the first hugs of the coffee grounds could be heard from an unreal distance. She gradually got into the water and when it passed her knee she threw me her dress and beckoned me to come. The moon turned up from behind the clouds, I wrapped her dress under my arm and left through the cold sand. I didn't know how to swim.

(Translated by Alexandra Lica / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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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