Begotten from a woman. With my manly scope I wander through your flesh and visualize you on the inside. There, deep inside, I deftly squirt out some milky silver mercury droplets. Then I wait to see what's like for a constellation made up of 9 celestial Months to come out of us. I have learned to recognize the duality of your child or possibly mine. I feel numb, worn out. Your cheek sighs for hope, your thighs shudder in ecstasy. At the end of the beginning, the nebula out of you became a Supernova.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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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