Close your eyes, please. I've got a present for you. Don't cover your eyes, I need your palms. You have such a lovely smile, even though your eyes are closed. Be patient, I'm not ready, it will take a little longer. Don't cheat, please. Just keep your hands out flat. With a shaking breath, the present was carefully placed, the perfect fit. Tell me how it feels without opening your eyes. It's wonderful. Can you tell what it is? Oh, yes, it's all I ever wanted. Me too. Bathed in the red hues of the sunrise, the Iloveyou was nestled between palms.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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