They walked around the city centre and didn't care about the people around them. Instead, the people around were very interested in them. Some looked at them with amazement, others with horror. But they only had eyes for each other. He looked at her with his huge black eyes, she was very dear to him. In fact for her sake, he had abandoned all his interests and settled in the city. She looked at him with her infinite blue eyes and couldn't take her eyes off him. They loved each other immensely, even though he was from Alpha-Centaurus and she was from Earth.

(Translated by Lorina Xiaoyu Hou / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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