I want to see you. I can't let the darkness cover our bodies. I don't want you to think that a piece of you has to be hidden. No, your hair doesn't have to cover your breasts or your lips or your heart. Let me see you whole, let me be the one you can be you next to, with your moles, your wrinkles or your choked back tears. With everything you think needs covering. No, don't hide. I want to see your face, taste your howl, feel you without shame. Let me be the one to experience you as you are, without hiding and without imagining.

(Translated by Lenuța Bejenaru / 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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