We stopped on the bridge. I took her hand in mine. I pulled her close to me. I looked into her eyes. This was perhaps the fifth or sixth time we saw each other in eight years. Sometimes for a few days, other times a few hours. I kissed her lightly. "Hi," I told her. "Hi and bye," she answered. Unrepeatable. Like a handful of corn puffs crushed against the roof of your mouth. It was time for the cathedral lights to be turned on. For them to be reflected in the water. For us to continue our journey towards the castle. "You know that the only fixed point in my life is you." She smiled. I said nothing.

(Translated by Cristina Fliter / 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, 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, 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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