I saw her on the subway, she was staring at the Metrorex map like at a Botticelli painting, I was staring at her like at a Buonarotti painting. I approached her: where do you want to go? She spoke Japanese, she didn't speak Romanian. Asians are my favorite porn category, I pushed away the dirty thought and looked at her clean face. She showed me in her phone where she wanted to go, I winked too, the National Museum of Art. Three years later, I wake up every night with the face of the rising sun and don't understand a word she says. We're happy.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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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