I was seated towards the edge of the bench. I hadn't picked you - I thought a change would be nice - so I sat next to him. He finished his poppy pretzel, and I don't know what he had in mind but we bumped glasses. He then tried to take off his glasses, but they were stuck in my hair. The kiss was really awkward as he had some of my hair in his mouth whereas the poppy and the salt scratched my teeth. I burst into laughter. He thought I was laughing at him, so he ran away. He crossed the park in a diagonal like, running like a madman. Really amused by the whole situation, you said "Bishop to G8". As a result, we both joined the chess club.
(Translated by Elena Florea / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.500 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.