I wrote reversed to you in the mirror, from right to left, to take you longer to read, until I return. You're much uglier than tomorrow (hah, now you're annoyed and have a spark in your eye), you're much prettier than yesterday (aha, you blushed, so you caught me), I think we met too late (don't bite your lip anymore, I just asked you to leave it to me) for how little love there is in a lifetime (sticking your tongue out is in vain, I'm serious). P.S. I went out to get strawberries and wine (hah, you're putting lipstick now).

(Translated by Denisa Dărăban / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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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