We glanced shyly at each other during breaks. He was tall and had dimples. His eyes were stirring my insides and I couldn't wait for him to make a move. We hadn't talked yet, but every day at work was more beautiful knowing I would see him. I felt that he took interest in me too and I was already thinking about our first date. How will it be? I had heard he asked for my phone number and I was looking forward to the first call. There was no call, but one day I received on whatsapp: where does my princess, my queen want us to go out tonight. Block.

(Translated by Andreea-Simona Trufin / 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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