The world knew them asStroe and Vasilache. Inseparable. From infancy they shared everything: balls, food, dreams. When they passed on the street, you could only see a shadow merging their slender, unsteady bodies. They had come to resemble each other, even though they were not of the same breed. They had ring fingers as long as a day of fasting, it seems that God had given them an equal dose of testosterone. They were only afraid of the time of love. Sundays found them in the pew of the church, frantically praying that no fiery Geta would ever separate them, of which they were dreaming in tandem.

(Translated by Beatrice Porumb / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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