He'd made her laugh her head off since they first spoke. He had a dose of madness that attracted her like a magnet and she didn't know why. Not because he was truly beautiful, but because of his rebellious spirit and the cheeky way in which he responded to her. Come along with me. And she let him in. Everywhere. He moved through the recesses of her love-hungry souls. Through the recesses of her mind no one saw before. She kept a set of each of them, but he didn't need them. Come along and you'll see, what it's like to be free.

(Translated by Diana Pașcanu / 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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