Bewitched by the lascivious sway of the blonde's hips, he couldn't resist and set off in pursuit down the dark alley behind the Capitol. In the light of the single lighted lantern, the gleam of freshly shaved legs cast sparks into the pitch black night. In the oppressive silence, the clatter of the heels of the metal-fringed shoes echoed like the perfect tick of a Swiss watch. Feeling followed, she quickened her pace. Mario, where you goin' gal? he shouted. Suddenly stopping, she replied: Excuse me, my name is Luigi.

(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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