Him, dark eyes seething with want. Her, emerald curves which lured him like a Bengali geisha in a lascivious dance of limbs and head. The month of the most scorching end of July. The two bodies were teasing each other. He gets dangerously close.She awaits openly, capturing him. The rustling of leaves swept by a gust of wind woke him from her bewitchery. But it was too late, his head was severed by the praying mantis that ended her mating ritual and bit by bit she munched on him as she would a Sunday movie's snack.

(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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