Do you know how much I love you? Do you, do you? The woman-child whispers in his ear. How much, how much? The lover past his prime plays into it and laughs. To the stars and beyond. will you make me a coffee now? The sun streams through the half-open window, pouring its rays onto her bare shoulders. Soft curls dance down her back, it's quite a spectacle. She sings, laughs, twirls her airy dress in clumsy pirouettes, walks around his house as if she's always lived there. I love you too, squirrel. I feel like I've known you for a lifetime. Sugar?

(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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