They decided to think intensely about each other, at 12 o'clock at night, in the dark. Both of them, under the blanket, with the eyes on their phones, miles apart, waiting. At 12, 00 the telepathic connection happened. The woman suddenly felt a warmth throughout her body, a slight tremor invaded her being, a strange energy subtly enveloped her. She could almost feel his breath on her cheeks, the kiss on her lips, the touch on her skin. The man, with the phone on his chest, fell asleep at ten to. The whole Pluto connection to the UFO was done.

(Translated by Florina Șamata / 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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