18.05.2021

The first Valentine a week after we met. He told me he was giving me the present in the bedroom. We obediently covered the festive dinner and took only the glasses of champagne with us. He took a bottle out of the disproportionately large bag: dandelion tincture. He took my feet and began to anoint each toe. He apologized that it was still winter and the dandelion leaves are yet to grow in the kindergarten outside the building. He then began to suck them close to the blood. He told me he couldn't do otherwise. When he touched my mouth, it set my teeth on edge.

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ştefănescu / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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