They met in Jaipur, it was the Festival of Colors. She clung to his blue arm because red got in her eyes and he asked if he could help her. She said yes, she couldn't see him, but she fell in love with his voice. They walked until dawn on the pink streets, he put a hibiscus flower in her green locks and told her that he was a biologist and that he was studying the zebrafish, a miracle, since they grow back their broken fins, their eyes, even their heart. No big deal, she laughed. Then she took him as her husband and is now happy. A miracle.

(Translated by Tania Diniță / 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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