He was sitting on the sand next to the garbage can, 40 degrees, he was wearing 2 hoodies, he was wearing a beanie and a scarf hung around his neck. He caught my eye when he started screaming. The seagulls seemed to stop flying, and the world around got blocked, for a moment I had the feeling that only I could hear him. The man screamed and cursed everything that came to his mouth. Politicians, global warming, doctors, seemed more than it looked. In a salty second with lots of spices, I realized how my internal monologue sounds, then I was really scared for the first time.

(Translated by Georgiana Carmen Rădulescu / 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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