Miss Mărioara turns and twists, pulls all the blanket from over mister Aurel. She mutters something, mumbles like a breastfed baby. She turns around and slaps him hardly. Mărioara, are you crazy? Wake up before you bruise me all over. Be careful, I work the shift one and I'll leave again dead tired. You and your bloody movies. Mărioara stands up, covered in sweat.
Aurică, I was dreaming of us being at a restaurant and that we ordered seafood. I was dropping that delicious tray. You, Mărie, go back to sleep and order something cheaper.

(Translated by Diana-Maria Croitoru / 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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