We're staring into each other's eyes, telescope to telescope. I, a little ashamed of my own audacity. He, braver than yesterday, when we tried to chain our tubes in the intention of a tango. We stepped on our tripods and gave up. I felt lost in his clear, blue ocular. He told me he needed a filter because I shine too bright. We understand each other through signs. We had to meet the next day. I'm fully focused on this date. I hope he's worth at least as much as his telescope.

(Translated by Alexandra Lica / 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 4.300 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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