I'm a skater, not at all artistic I might say, my poles are slipping. Recently moved from South to North. I'm coming to blows with those white bears whenever I want. But I don't really want to. From my house to the next neighbour, there are about 20 m of white. And a glacier. To visit him, I must also pass a piece of ocean. That Frozen One that is more liquid than solid. We usually talk from one shore to the other. We don't know how to swim. I trained 5 penguins to sit on their stomachs. Today I go to him regularly. Hopping. No skates, I don't want to hurt them.

(Translated by Tania Diniță / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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