They laughed towards the white striped and red dotted curtains. Fastened with satin bows. Pink. With a heart button. Red. Hearts were also hanging from the doorknobs. They playfully tossed the decorative pillows, some lacy pies. Above the bed was a painting of a forest, a deer and a stag. On the opposite side, one of a family of squirrels. But when he went out for croissants, she crouched under the rose printed blanket and longed to stay there, like a candy wrapped in bright foil, embraced by all the evidence of love.

(Translated by Claudia Alexandra Văcărescu / 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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