Take it off, he said. Slightly blushing, she removed her dress and smiled shyly. She froze in place staring firmly at him. His eyes had gone liquid and he sighed trying to swallow the lump in his throat. More, he whispered, and blushing she took off the next garment, letting it slide down. Then the next and the next and the next. When at last the eighth dress of the onion fell down, the eyes of the cucumber were filled with tears. He was sobbing profusely out of all of the 98 water percentages of his.

(Translated by Jessica-Polixenia-Cristiana Copilaș / 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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