They get ready for bed, they bet on whether it will rain tomorrow or not, but they avoid looking at each other. However, their eyes meet in their refection in the window. Outside, the night is cloudy, misunderstood. The moon escapes from a cloud and leans on its shoulder. This picture overwhelms her, she doesn't want to look at it anymore. She walks away from the window and nests under the duvet. He pulls the curtains and slips next to her. In everything that follows, she will know that he has brought the moon to bed, but she will pretend that she doesn't know that she will forget that she ever knew.

(Translated by Ioana Oacheşu / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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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