I am in the metro. I have found an empty seat. A couple sits down next to me. When we get to Yokohama we say: bye-bye, she says. He, with his hair slicked back, asks: but why? Aren't you coming over to my place? Oh, yes.
They are going to fuck tonight. She'll moan and pretend she likes it, he'll lie and say she's beautiful and he loves her. In the morning she will prepare breakfast for him, coffee, sandwiches, and will speak to him politely using "desu" and "san." He'll say he's going to be late to the office and he has to leave.
How puffy she was, how small he had it.

(Translated by Cristina Fliter / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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