It had surrounded the earth and returned to the African Atlantic coast after another two years. The logbook was packed with stories, and he did not know how to make them understood by those who were looking forward to it. The sea is still an unknown and bizarre entity. Although he traveled alone, he always had the marine life with him and the fog that enveloped him and instantly sent him to other meridians, where dwarfs drinking stinky brandy ruined his plans and mixed up his maps. Until she appeared, wrapping around his neck, leaving him breathless.

(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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