First date out in a pastry shop. They shared an amandine cake. The clink of the spoons hitting the saucer accompanied their love-soaked gazes. You know, I've always liked you. The way you tied up your hair, your white shirt with the unbuttoned collar, your black tights, all of that caught my attention. And, on top of that, you were top of class. I'm proud I managed to get you on a date, your dad seems tough. Silvi, will you let me feed you the cake topper with my spoon? Legend has it that the one who does this loves you.

(Translated by Ecaterina Bucovanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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