You've got 50 minutes left, you can do whatever you want to me. It's enough. However, I won't let you go. Have a cigarette and let me pour you a glass a champagne. I know you have a lot of customers on Valentine's Day, but I can't let you go. Oh, by the way, I made some pasta and set the table in the living room, I put some roses in the vase too. Thank you. No man has ever done such a beautiful thing for me. The clinking of the belt, like a shod chestnut horse hoof on newly laid asphalt, and the smell of her perfume made me forget that I had bought her a gold ring.

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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