My girlfriend was waiting for me in our secret nest with a lie detector. She told me that it was important for us to be fully transparent with each other and then she tied me to the detector. She gave me a Brandy to drink, then the interrogation began. The first question was if I loved her. I told her that she already knew the answer, but after a hard slap I realized she was serious, so I said yes. The second was if I ever cheated on her. I leaned back a little and whispered, "Only with my wife." She had a heart attack.

(Translated by Elena Creţu / 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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