It's written down here. The exchange of electrons ocurred suddenly when Vera stretched her tender and classy hand and Don bended over to kiss it. Who could've imagined that the tiny sparkle would light such a consuming fire? Vera was a flight attendant and she traveled more than Don would have liked her to. Sometimes he thought that she was smilingway too often, that she was changing her flights and was packing too many fancy clothes in her suitcase. Don thought that whisky was the answer to his burning issue but he almost caught himself on fire. Look, Vera, it's written about us.

(Translated by Alin Sescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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