I am Water. Versatile. Self-taught. I know how to erode mountains, break through stone, gush, flow, twist, make noise, be calm and quiet, deceive, kill, quench, douse , love and be loved. I have gifted myself to many. To those who have tried to posses me, I became a tsunami. To those who protected and loved me, I became a life-raft. Unfortunately, I've been suffering from an eating disorder for some time now: I eat compulsively. I am addicted to deadly soil. I am looking for a psychologist. Please be professional.

(Translated by Marta Fulga / 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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