The woman spread her legs and, from the core of her being, a dazzling light came out. God turned into a doctor and carefully stuffed the light into a clay body wrapped in the silk of his eyes. The greedy time took the animated face and stretched it out and spread it over the world. She was loved and she loved. But not anyway. She pulled her trachea hard out of her mouth and turned inside out, giving herself to the people and the white sheets, to the last pulse. Testament. Stop loving upside down, because life will knit the disappointment on your face.

(Translated by Carla-Marina Ștefănescu / 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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