I don't like this Atlantis game, but you pay me to sit with you in the tub full of water and be your mermaid. You touch me with your octopus like hands, you have bulging eyes and I feel disgust. You feel and posess me wildly, push my head deep under, you are a shark. I push you off with an adrenaline rush, you push my head back underneath the water and my teeth desperately cling to your manhood, biting and mangling. Upon leaving, I call 112, telling them you had a piranha accident. I pull the draining plug, leaving you like a starfish, spread out and asexual.

(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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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