They had lived many lifetimes, consciously signing harsh contracts meant to keep their love together. They always found each other, regardless of the body that accompanied their aura. This time, the Light in their eyes foretold the closing of the circle. They knew. The moment they stepped on the flowery field. The sky was singing, painted in the color of nightingales. They easily found the terminus. In the pod, time smelled of white lilac. Their lips touched lightly, like a breath of wind. The kiss then penetrated their hearts, leading the way. The black hole swallowed them, forever.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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