I really appreciated that you kept your word. You made a woman out of me, hidden with you in the magical wilderness and having you all to myself. You brought it. I didn't ask you for it, but you wanted to convince me, amidst oaths, of your love, and we devoured each other, until the cliffs were bare and the water was all dried up inside us. When we woke up, from the flattened dust, I wanted a ray of Sun, but you could no longer promise me anything. And we were left to point our fingers at the stars grinning at the dark side of the Moon, where from then on we would live.
(Translated by Andreea Teodorescu-Colciu / 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.