We had a close friendship until he ruined it, with a sudden phisical atraction, on a Saturday. I know I had bitten an apple and the juice ran on by chin, I tried to clean it, he took my hand saying, no, and took the juice off my lips whispering: if you want it, I want it too. I should have never accessed an eight point zero version, but I realised it too late. Until I realised what happened, the half bitten apple got oxidised and the drunk flies where caught up in a great feast.

(Translated by Ema-Teodora Rădulescu / 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 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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