Under the lit lanterns, their shadows silently trailed behind them. They were walkingshyly. Touches had been exhausted, words spoken, glances cast. Suddenly, his shadow glanced at her shadow and the index finger of his left hand gently caressed her right hand. Her shadow flinched. I'm sorry. Me too. The man and the woman turned their heads.Behind them, their shadows were locked in a kiss. They looked at each other in wonder.Their hands touched; their bodies came together. The lanterns flickered briefly. The darkness erased any shadow of doubt.

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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