Over my heart, I tattooed a heart over which I tattooed your heart. On my left shoulder, I tattooed a left shoulder over which I tattooed your shoulder. On one of my ears, I tattooed a song that your tongue slowly licked over when you lusted for me. On one of my ribs, I tattooed your heart on a shoulder. On my upper thigh, close to the place where you would find your shelter inside me, I tattooed a heart and a song for you to sing to me like a predator. Over me, I tattooed an awry shoulder and a broken song when you took away your heart that I had tattooed over my heart.

(Translated by Ecaterina Buşe / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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