Winning, losing, sweet and bitter, you play your hearts under the sun. A wide round dance spun with bare feet on the wind, with confident eyes that you are unique on earth. And then, you detach two by two, you change, you multiply between each other in a new dance hungry for a still unknown balance towards another kiss. This is where my role begins, I always help, I rid you of torment in your chosen destiny. I have a skillful and calm finger on the trigger, the old longing will not struggle, it disappears immediately. And love shoots itself, doesn't it?

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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