The never-ending beach was overflowing into the sea, making love with the waves. It was a torrid and crowded July. Excited seagulls each soared to the anchovy plates stupidly left exposed on the terrace. He was absent-mindedly looking towards the horizon, the beer's foam was somewhat unnaturally emulating the sea foam. And it happens. In the mob of naked bodies, illicitly covered by tiny, colorful bikinis, she appeared. A goddess with rebellious locks, fleshy lips and ripe breasts, bouncingly flaunting mesmerizing tanned thighs.

(Translated by Daniela-Andreea Gugescu / 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 April 2022, the group has 8,175 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 every few days. 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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