You could smell it from across the street. Take a deep breath and feel your insides unravel like a dandelion snapping into transparent umbrellas at the first sneeze. When you discover its colors by dressing it like a princess in delicate veils, you go crazy with pleasure. It was love at first sight. And when he touched its yellow pistil, velvety and sweet, he felt himself faint. Immediately, however, the flower gathered its petals together and the fly became captive, so that its body would later decompose like a dandelion in the wind.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Mușetescu / 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 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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