His body was full of tattoos. Every inch of his skin covered by various symbols, quotes, birds, planets. Unquestionably, each one of them had a meaning to him. They all had a story. A past that was etched into his body, forever. I asked him to close his eyes so I could worship his body. I began by kissing each of his designs, one by one, again and again. I most enjoyed planting kisses on his planets. They were spread apart on his toned chest.
I awoke with my lips attached to Pluto this morning.

(Translated by Ruxandra Ioana Vasile / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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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