He kissed my lips and a butterfly flew out of his mouth, setting on my heart in just a moment. I blushed so hard and I remember I was out of it for three months. When my parents talked to me, I didn't understand a thing. I could see their lips moving, but my thoughts were still stuck to his wings. I'm not even going to mention learning. As soon as I opened a book, I had my head in the clouds. And it's true, it didn't last too long. And I suffered at the end of it, I felt like I fell and I couldn't get up. But that fall, my darlings, made me wiser.
(Translated by Liliana Popescu / 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.