She crossed the boulevard with her eyes closed. She float up the hotel stairs, which swallowed her when the night came. The hall has greeted her with kaleidoscope tongues and tobacco-flavored wallpaper. An Adler was sitting in her room. She put the sheet. A year without you. Stop. In steam mouths, she immersed in translucent water wearing a fur coat. The cold blade bit her hot veins. Her eyes darted on the chandelier of dreams with him. The blood pulled him out of her and caught the saxophone in the next room. It is said that He was the most beloved song.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / 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 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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