They're 17 and the world is in their hands, woven in dreams. Each year, they meet at their grandparents', in the fields that softly encompass the village. You can barely make them out in the gold of the field. They run like mad to catch the sun. They are drifting apart and coming together, in a dangerous game as of now. Today, eyes are shining. Hands and lips are trembling. They stop. Cerulean eyes flow into obsidian ones. Eyelids are lazily closing. A sextet of sunflower corollas turns its head in embarrassment towards the sunset. The field is opening its soul for their first kiss. Caliente.

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / 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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