The fist goes through the incandescent lightbulb and thousands of minuscule shards follow like they would a comet. The explosion of light surrounds them, then separates them, fuming. Her, spread on the bed, him with his arm around the wire. Then silence. Then darkness. Do you think it was love or whatever, slipping away, spilling over the edge of his split-open, crop-full, well-rounded jaw into Juliet's luscious rings. Or, her significant other burps away, laying in his lover's left orbit. Oh, Romeo.

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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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