He had fallen on a pitch-black Earth. He felt wet and dirty. From his breast pocket he took out a heart. The heart was glowing. Everything around was turning green. He looked at her. He saw her lying on the ground, face up, a hole in her chest. She was crying. He got closer and kissed a tear that had landed in his palm. The tear turned into the mist of their story. Write a fairytale about us. One where I gave you my soul and you lit your life with it.I love you, even if you took a bite from the apple. And I love you too, although I took a bite from the apple because of you.

(Translated by Raluca Simion / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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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