After fishing the bottle from the sea, I removed its cap and read the message moistened with water: I am from Japan, caught in a fisherman's net, fed with millimeter planktons and biscuits soaked in marine brandy. I dry in the sun, my pearly arms raisin, I cry while longing for the islands from where I was kidnapped and at night I plan an escape. Later edit: the ship has shipwrecked, I'm in the Sea of Japan and the captain wants to eat me. My name is Nomura, I'm six feet tall and I'm a jellyfish. Please treat this seriously.

(Translated by Diana Paşcanu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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