So romantic, the two smurfs sighed in whispers, staring in fascination at the new statue at the entrance of the reef. A man frozen in a strange position, with large, black, frightened eyes. She loves him like crazy, this summer she had fallen in love with him, and watched him from the rocks as he fished. But he didn't feel anything, he didn't even feel it. Oh, how sad. Yeah, so two days ago, she came out through the hatch, kissed him, and pulled him into the water. And tomorrow is the wedding. With a statue? It's just a frozen heart, nothing more, whispered the little mermaid.

(Translated by Oana Georgiana Minea / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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