I'll be a wave kiss on your ankles and your cute little fingers. When I grow up, I'll come like a storm and I will clear all your land, all your sand, all your stones. I'll crush your clams, disturb your algae, grind your stabilopods, so you know it's me, grown up. Baby, when I grow up I'll have the high tide of the full moon, I'll have stars reflected at night, I'll have the orange sunrise at dawn, I'll have the golden sun with arrows at noon and the dark copper in the evening. When I grow up, I'll be true. I will.

(Translated by Andreea Theodora Drăgan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / 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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