We are together on a golden sandy tongue. We are surrounded by a water of a rarely seen shade of blue, crossed by the routes of thousands of colored fish. In the sunlight, their little scales shine beautifully. We watch them from under the coconut tree and point at the crazy ones. We forgot about hunger. We drink the refreshing liquid straight from the coconuts. I lift one foot in the air to see my red nail polish. The long toes look like funny spaghetti. Baby, I'm happy, you know that? Because you kept your promise. It was nice as a secretary, but associate sounds even better.

(Translated by Maria Cătălina Moisescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 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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