The construction of the dam had begun. They were moving villages, changing the flow of their lives, not just the waters. Ana had died at 18 years of age, a week before she was supposed to leave. They buried her there like a memory. Cemeteries don't move. And Nix, Annas dog, with green eyes. She promised him she will come back quick. She heard the scream, opened the gates and saw the swirl of water coming closer. She glanced at the photo, reached over and put her head on the grave. She groaned/moaned. It was waiting for her: From beneath the water the sky was as green as the chimera of hope from his eyes.

(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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