She wouldn't give him peace, his guts were writhing at night, hungry for her, he struggled in pain during the day, for he had never known longing, he, a poor fisherman in his sea, where he had been casting nets for a lifetime to catch fish and crabs, then her white fingers, one day, caught on the edge of the boat and that was all, Virgin Mary of the waters, devils, bring her. When the fire caught her heart, she plunged into the wave to go out, and she sailed deeper and deeper, that she might die at once, she howled, then to the right her scaly, mermaid tail shone.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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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