They argued like idiots. No words, no touching, no inappropriate poking. Just by looks. From the gentle eyes, which nursed hearts and bloomed tulips on the way home, cold eyes emerged. They looked at each other, cut each other, tormented each other. They brushed their eyelashes in a near-kiss. Their mouths were no longer touching. They would have said, but the eyes did a better job. Before he left for work, he found a sticker on the refrigerator door. Half a heart and a message: I LOVE YOU TOO, DUMBASS. 

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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