When he embraced me for the first time, he hit me with his ocean scented cologne. A cologne that sold me. We made love for three days and three nights, like in a fantasy story. Then I found out that he actually uses rubbing alcohol after shaving. But, before meeting me, he stopped by his brother's and used a lotion he bought from Paris.
I dumped him. I could not be with a man who had traces of Mona on his face. I'm going to meet his brother tomorrow evening. But first, I must stop by my sister's so that I can borrow a designer dress.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / 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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