Toi 700. Planet of the New World. He was trying to determine the composition of the atmosphere to see if it was habitable. He felt like he was being followed. She was the most beautiful. Woman? Siren? Deity? Her long hair covered her like a chlamys. Clear complexion. Big eyes. She was looking at him. She kissed him in thoughts. He felt his body clothed in her prints. He exploded in a spontaneous and unpredictable illumination of carnal pleasure. One more hour to stay by your side. He left. He knew people wouldn't be able to live here. He was backing away from the star. He saw her. She was not alone. The planet was starting to populate itself.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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