My name is Tudorel Pescărescu-Știucă and I am an amateur fisherman. Born in the Delta, I spent my childhood at miles 22, 23, 24 and 25. Around mile 25 the beach on which our house was built sank and we built a house on the shore. It turned out to be an inspired choice, as we no longer had to go fishing every day, floods would come and bring the fish straight to our house. However, if we didn't move quickly, when the waters receded, the fish would leave too. That's when I got the idea to build my house under water.

(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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