You show me yours and I'll show you mine. We're still writing love letters to each other even now, when he's 76 and I'm only 79. I still see him as a dummy, though his skin has wrinkled and he always looks as if he has just got out of water. He is still teaching at the college and I am still eavesdropping on him in the lecture hall where we conceived our first child. He is still using his students to teach the anatomy of the human body. We emerged from the waves naked and lay in a patch of sand, forever remembered in our memories. Beside us, a lifeguard stares out at the ocean. 30, 29, 28.

(Translated by Andreea Ciubuc / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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