We said we would meet at the Linden. She was wearing a white, fluffy dress. A butterfly brooch was softly caressing her left breast. She looked at me with a wondering blue from under her eyelids. I wanted to pick her up and throw her into the sky, to draw a flower with her body. To then hold her and press my lips to her soft, soft red. In the evening we loved each other wildly, as if it were our last night on earth. Five months later I was holding a little one who apparently knew my voice. Ever since under the linden tree, when we were already three.

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / 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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