I leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind me and head for the coast. In less than an hour I swim out to sea. I lie in the raft, arms wide open, to take in as much sea as I can. A shroud of quiet murmur envelops me. The sky moves in my eyes, the water sings in my breath. I merge with the ripple. I cry out. I am water itself. The deep calls to me like a psalm's breath, and I return to the beginning, when the Spirit of God hovered over me and there was nothing but the Word, without words. And in that stillness was All. QED  

(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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