They loved each other and understood each other from their deep, velvety gazes. They often sang and drank, she sipped the music from his robust navel and he tasted the drops of wine nestled in the silk of her moustache. When they had the surprise of a lifetime, she showed off her waxed lips and he spoke in his true voice. But alas, he was piquant, she too exposed, and they were so stunned they forgot to look into each other's eyes. The next day she was fired and he contorted his voice further with the blonde trapeze artist.

(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 January 2022, the group has 7.830 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 every few days. 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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