Naked and tired, we were both sitting between heaven and earth, at the seventh floor, in your student room. You have an extraordinarily beautiful bone sturctures, you told me as you rubbed my knees in the palm of your hand, and I, embarrassed by the bareness of my body, told you that I love you. Well, then, you answered me quite extravagantly and put me in a fog of extravagant answers, from which I could not understand anything. However, for the sake of the urban story, I chose to believe that you loved me, too.

(Translated by Iuliana Mocanu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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