Lenuţa had been watching the soap opera for years, but lately, it had caught his attention, too. That's how the flowers in the vases wilted, how the shared taxes were left unpaid, and the kids forgotten at camp. One day, though, Lenuţa heard banging sounds at the door, but she couldn't get up during Jose Armando's kiss. Her husband yelled no, no, I can't take this anymore, it's for real this time, Lenuţo, they're shooting in our building. Lenuţa fainted, all soft and rosy-cheeked, because guns turned her on as much as Jose Armando did. Afterwards, the commercials came on.

(Translated by Carla Beţianu / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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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