And, as a token of my desire, I will sign straight on your heart; and he scribbled with a sharp pen like an arrowhead straight from the blue-eyed, angel like Cupid. As an answer to such a high love gesture, she took her body off her soul, just like taking off a sweater. And she remained soul naked. Just like a flower under the ray of light or in the rain, like a small apricot tree in bloom before its time. And as she did not have a mouth anymore, so that she could ask what they should do, she waited. But his Cupid eyes were already resting into the green sea of the eyes in another heart.

(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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