We met in a coincidence' s dream. I smelled your thoughts. They smelled of orange and desire. You tasted my sigh. It was a little bitter, a little sweet. You made it spicy with your spoken words. I tattooed a heart with my gaze. On the wrist. Where you burned me, with your caress, the first time. You collected the kisses in your palm. To return them, someday, for forgiveness. I have decided. I will be the mistress of your nights. Only the nights. To never have to stay alone in the light if you get bored.

(Translated by Andreea Denisa Dinu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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