Yesterday they were eating watermelon in the middle of the yard. The sugared juice flowing on their elbows. They were giggling in three voices while throwing the scraps to the ducks. Today, the yard is covered by water. A framed portrait flows next to a bicycle wheel. The roof moves like a umbrella forgotten at sea. They lost everything. The father who aged overnight collapsed into the wind-whipped grass. The mother, with wet hair slicked on her back, hauls a mattress full of water and flowing feathers. The human cub hold onto her waist with eyes gazing the horizon. Moom, we finally have sea.

(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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