She was absolutely perfect. The coffee-brown eyes would wake me up in the mornings when I'd watch her, my head sunken into the pillow. Her long, piano player fingers would caress my skin while we lazed on the couch. Her chipmunk laughter sneaking into my ear, her lips like a cat's soft paw walking on my cheeks, her delicate breasts that would reach my hand through her shirt, like two naughty groundhogs. All these wonderful things made me overlook her only flaw: she smelled like pickled cabbage.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Ciucașu / 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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