I like gummy candies and weeping lindens. I am fascinated by the ankles of deer and the women from whom life flows quickly. I always keep my climber clean. It's holy. Every time I cut the trophies, my nostrils quiver. It excites me to remember the smile that prey throws at me, before asking me: me or you. I have a cabin in the woods. She has dreams. Princess like. My eyes promise her immortality and a flawless life. Each time, I intend to keep my promise.

(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 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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