She waited for the sun to polish the bald head of the skyline and jumped in the little boat, small as a nutshell. She made sails of the rags that she had worn all her life and called the wind. Days after, she saw a man, barely swimming, and took him with her. Now, he rowed, comforting her that hey would make it. And they floated. One night, a whale spouted a baby at them. The man looked at her, very scared, and shed so many tears that the nutshell boat started to sink. There they are, at the bottom of the ocean, a woman, a man, a baby and some boat debris.

(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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