and my belly is bloated from all the watermelon I ate, I duckwalk my way to the pump and point the hose at my face. The flies sticking to the sweat and juice that dripped down my chin go downstream towards my feet, the remaining pits between my teeth, under my fingernails and in my chest hair. The feeling I get while the water gurgles and my bladder twitches madly. I rub my feet and unzip my pants; I find my little guy squashed against my belly and I let my clear piss loosely trickle down in the sunbeam. I then burp to decompress, but I still remain big.

(Translated by Oana Ionescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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