The first thing that drew me to you were your wits. Your mind is sharp, brilliant. You consumed me, sought me out in the most egregious situations, I've gone out of my mind for you. You tied my systole and diastole together. You disappeared on purpose. You choked me and I let you. For the fun of it. One day you wanted to drip wax down on my stomach. I looked at you, intrigued. You promised me it would be fun, that I would love the hotness of the drops. You knew. I fell in love with your age. You're seasoned and it turns me on.

(Translated by Daniela-Andreea Gugescu / 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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