He touched her cheek and she shivered. His hand was rough and smelled of tobacco. His fingers trailed down her neck until they reached, after an eternity, to unbutton three buttons of her blouse. He touched her mischievous nipples. Do you like it, he asked? She opened her mouth but only let out a moan. He moved his hand from her breasts to between her legs, which he slowly spread apart. Tell me, he spoke to her again. Where do you like to be touched? Nowhere, sir, the little girl managed to answer, with a faint voice, but looking him in the eyes.

(Translated by Lorina Xiaoyu Hou / 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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