The fog that envelops us is only the silence before the storm. Beyond Styx is Normandy defended by the famous Rommel hellhound. We know that countless mouths of fire are waiting for us that will assault us as soon as we enter their viewfinder, but we are obliged to try to penetrate the gate of the Reich. Although not shown, death is felt in the midst of salty waves hitting the pale cheeks. Fear fuels the thought that blood will flood Omaha Beach. I pray that at least one of us will escape and tell the world of our sacrifice.

(Translated by Andreea Theodora Drăgan / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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