The first one unexpectedly showed up one evening, when I was washing the dishes. The arrow playfully passed my ear and got stuck in a sponge. The second came through the window in a storm, stopped in the umbrella in the hanger. The next one killed a flower on my balcony, barely grown from anxiously planted seeds. I've lost track of the Cupids I'm being targeted by. I let them hit my chest, nostrils, ears, and mouth, I have 27 arrows hanging from my hands and feet, I use them to dry her colourful clothes, while I kiss her on the lips.

(Translated by Florina Șamata / 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 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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