You had a booger in your hair. I didn't know how to tell you that on the first date, so I left it there. But it didn't leave me. It shouted at me so loudly that it covered everything you said. I have no idea what you told me. I don't even know what you looked like, but you had a booger in your hair. I thought a lot about how it got there and whether it was yours or not, that's why I don't even remember your name. I was trying to look at you in the eyes, but I could still see the booger. Your booger entered my brain, penetrated my existence. And it's just a booger.

(Translated by Claudia Alexandra Văcărescu / 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, 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 almost daily. 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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