Had I been Captain Wilson, I still wouldn't have shipwrecked the way I did. I navigated our relationship with my eyes closed, following your soft voice, unaware that the siren I could hear every night was actually you. I could've sworn on wild irises that you were for life, that you were life. The book said three years, but I found myself after three months on a deserted island, no bottle or paper. Floating was so nice. So close to the sun. I carve a red SOS into my arm, maybe I can still save myself.

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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