She waved above him in a timeless eight at the sound of the waves creeping through the triangle cut into the sky by the entrance to the tent. She leaned back in a gymnast's spasm, and he rose to his elbows to see a setting sunrise in her eyes. He hugged her tightly, took her shoulder like a lover's toy, swam with one hand out to sea, and left her. He would be his first victim this summer. In the cold morning light, she looked at him with greener eyes than indifference. And the killer became prey.

(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 Ficţiuni Reale.

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