A waving snake was coming out of the apple basket. It was scurrying its tongue in the air, hissing dramatically. Alongside, in the grass, Eva was sunbathing. Drop dead gorgeous, she was fluttering her lashes in front of a bored Adam. Do you like my nails, honey, she asked. I like them, he said, looking at a butterfly. Ain't I beautiful? You are, you are. You love me, she said, leaning on one elbow. What is love, he asked, yawning for a long time. The snake, annoyed, extended its tongue to Adam's ear. Tell her for Heaven's sake what she wants to hear, else this batch of apples is gonna rot again.

(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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