When she found him on the beach, her watch showed 10:10. She had gone out for her evening walk and that's when she noticed a strange silhouette. As she approached, she realized there was actually a human. He lay on the sand face down, while the waves shyly hit the top of his head. The first instinct was to call 911, but for a reason she couldn't put her finger on, she changed her mind and leaned over to turn him around. Then she saw her reflection in his blue eyes. The man smiled at her with sharp teeth, followed by a short scream.

(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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