We spent time together in the Delta, do you remember? The mosquitoes were getting into our mouths, and we could not kiss until dawn. You were hungover, I had some thin tights with a star design. We bathed into the sea, like two red-curved masts, turning our backs on the people who were sleeping, enjoying the 5-star hotel. We returned by train. I composed a song for you and we saw each other at Sandu's party. But the happiest day of my life was when you left the key under the mat. On the same day, you asked me to be your woman: you were talking in your sleep.

(Translated by Roberta Ana-Maria Gulerez / 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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