A shoreline once had a white house and a boat. The house and the boat both had a man whom they shared fraternally, a good man, no reproach or whine heard from his mouth neither the house nor the boat. You would have said he's happy. When he brought along his wife, the house did not fit him anymore, the boat did not want him anymore. The man put his hands on his head and looked at his wife. The wife put her hands on her hips and looked as well. Everywhere around, deserted. She placed her hand on one oar and changed everything. Then a woman had a shoreline, a white house, a boat.

(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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