The two men approached each other, carrying the dark clouds over the deep valley. The first flash of lightning descended just as they clasped their short swords. Their bare chests collided and then released the thunder. They clutched their naked bodies to cover the already bleeding wounds. Then she appeared, diaphanous, feminine, her waist-lenght hair over the down to the ground white dress and floated for an endless moment over their embraced bodies, charmed them and left them there for eternity, happy.
(Translated by Andreea Grinţescu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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.