You told me you liked my two front teeth, the ones I used to untie the hazelnuts from the chocolate uncoated in foil. After that, you made me say blurred, and you laughed. I was telling you that I liked it when you looked at me a little crookedly when I confessed to you that I was proud that you put space between suspension points and word, through the core of the sentence, you said I was insane, that you must have had a veil over your eyes, that you took me. That's how we happen, an hour, a day, a year, a life, and another, and another, but we knew we had happened by no random chance.

(Translated by Andreea Theodora Drăgan / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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