At this end of the world, that's where Luca had lived. Legend had it that he had drowned in the sea at a young age, during a storm. But those were stories told by old fishermen in pubs. When, all of a sudden, he turned up on a Sunday in the fish market, people were shocked. He looked as if he had come out of a story. Not a day seemed to have passed him, and many would have wanted to learn his secret. But no one could make him speak. He didn't greet back, nor did he answer their questions. He was there, among them, they could see him, but he didn't seem to be seeing them.

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / 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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