Today is Sandu's bachelor party. At the disco, his friends eyed the most beautiful woman and paid double the price. The voluptuous blonde was about to show him the most beautiful night of his life. She asked him to dance. Her long, plastic nails were caressing him slowly. She turned around and pressed the man's sweaty palms on her breasts. Sandu was already shaking. Are they real? Surgery. I like your cheekbones. Surgery. He was already smelling her hair and seductively slid his hand lower. He backed off in shock. No surgery down there, yet.

(Translated by Iulia-Teodora Urea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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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