I waited for him snuggled by the wall, near the door. When he came out of the bathroom, I jumped on him, warping like a character from a horror movie. He was so frightened that the towel covering his nakedness fell off. He started chasing me around the house. We laughed out loud like two lazy children as we were jumping over armchairs, chairs, tables. He caught me as I was taking the curve to the bedroom. We threw ourselves exhausted in bed, in the most beautiful story. Slowly, I became a woman again, and he became a man again.

(Translated by Otilia 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 March 2021, the group has 4.300 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, 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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