This must be underwater Love. I was born in water. Amniotic. I evolved like a microorganism, and I came out of her. I shouldn't have; now I am referring to humanity. We should've stayed in the water; we would've been cleaner. Water washes dirt off. We would've communicated like marine mammals, with our minds, not how some people do it, without it. Let's head back into the water, with our mind as well. Let's crucify ourselves levitating towards it; let the air bubbles lifting at the surface be pieces of our forgiveness that s rising. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend.

(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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