I quit and went off to see the sea. Nervous, I touched the water, the sand, I picked up the shells out of the water with my toes. I was looking at the sunset reminiscing about my childhood. Did you go to the seaside? Yees. You're soo tan! I aam. What were you up to there? Sandcastles, bathing in the sea, I fed the seagulls and picked up shells. I could make up stories on the go. The sand was actually the soil out on the field, potatoes were being replaced by shells. The sea was Moldova river and the seagulls were actually the hens in our yard. To this day, I still love fairy tales.

(temă în parteneriat cu Ideo Ideis, 2022)

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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