She was lying for the first time in his arms, in an apartment, close to the stars. After excruciating feelings of missing, finally they were touching each other. They had on the table only salami, some bread and a bottle of wine, but they had a long kiss to get them into the new year. Then, one day, in order to test his love, she pretended to be dead. When he saw her inert on the bed, he carried her on the balcony and crying he suddenly precipitated with her, over the railing. While falling, her scream was piercing through the night: assholeee... I am aliv...

(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 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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