A blue butterfly flew through the garden like in a freedom waltz. A flower sneezed out a tiny, round bug. Summer laughed out loud with the sun. Two kids laughed. She stole a cherry from his hand and ran away chuckling. He called her and ran after her. Because you stole something from me, I will kiss you. She blushed. What did I steal? She took another cherry and ran. The boy caught up with her and holding her hand, kissed her on the mouth. She started to cry. Are we going to have a baby now? No, silly, one gets babies when kissing with the hand on the breasts. You are barely 13. She giggled.

(Translated by Raluca Simion / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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