Miss, You've appeared out of the. I am a lady. You look like a girl. Maybe my heart is like a girls, sir. Your eyes and lips are alive, you are not lying to me. But I am not lying to you, sir, what are you fiddling with in your hands? Time. Time spent with you fascinates me and I don't want it to pass. And you think you can stop it with your fists? I'm imagining so. That cannot be done, sir. Then stay a while longer, I will make you some coffee. I don't have any cigarettes, they are for the people who don't have anything to fill in the gap between two hearts. You judge very easily, sir. I have them on me: gap/space and heart. I'm staying.

(Translated by Alexandra Cica / 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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