I stick my nose to the huge aquarium. Look, Mommy, those fish are beautiful. And so sad. They're just wiggling around, not saying anything. Do they have a mother? Do they go to school? Where do they go when they want to be alone? I look for a red tail. It must be super boring being a fish. A little fish sticks its nose to the aquarium. Look, Mommy, those people are beautiful. And so sad. They're just waving their mouths, not saying anything, and waddling around. I think it's super boring being human.

(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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