You promised you'd encircle my waist with a smoke ring and you kept your word. You puff quietly and I admire you with wide eyes, reflected in your irises. What a handsome man you are. I'm studying you, I like you a lot. You've got my hands in yours and all my emotions are gone. My palms are hot and wet, yours are cold and dry. We looked at each other and tapped our feet in sync. Silvi, I'm yours and you're mine. I won't ever upset you. Then we fought, but we still held hands. In our minds.  

(Translated by Cristina-Nicoleta Costache (Mircea) / 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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