He met her after hours. Theysaid nothing to each other, and yet kissed almost until daybreak. Can I see you again, he asked. She replied with a sing-song NO, and then invited him to go skinny-dipping in the sea. To his surprise, she cried after their first orgasm and told him how she believed that the world's energy fuses through sex. She smiled and took a long drag on her cigarette. Unfortunately, she left as soon as he fell asleep. During autumn, when he had almost forgotten all about her, he found a note in his jeans that read: Love can be even shorter than a day.

(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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