Why the heck am I so stupid? How come I stuck the teaspoon in that cream cake knowing that I was allergic to dairy? But she raised her brow questioningly as if I had been afraid to eat from the same plate. Plus it's only the third date. Now there's such a revolution in my belly that I can't even sneeze. I'm screwed. One can't shit their pants on the first date. Nor on the third. And I like this girl. She has a sense of humour. Sure enough, not that much. Listen, I have a good one, she said. You're so gonna giggle shit yourself.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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 April 2021, the group has 5.600 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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