Sailor, I see you're a man who's not afraid of the burden of work, what's stopping you? The horror of patrons; I was a pirate on the only ship captained by a woman, which she got from her murdered husband to punish villains, and she named it after her. Since then, she terrorizes the ports where she docks on moonless nights, kidnapping young and brave sailors who want to try their luck at sea. You will do your trade with me, Ivan said, but why did you run away? Because she had been killed alongside him. All the better.

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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