He laid his head back, and immersed his thoughts in the water that hugged his skin pores. It was quiet in the water, no one could hear him there; he screamed. You can hear your thoughts clearer, like the trickling of the spring's trickle. You float into your own subconscious to get to know yourself. Descend deep into those icy waters, to the north pole of his soul: Listen to the symphony of dream waves rippling. You can levitate on the surface of the water below. Turn the water to steam, and freeze the moment. Now.

(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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