It was so cold that she took him in the large bed with her. But during her sleep, her shirt would lift and a female pulp which has an infinite firmness would ask to be discovered firstly by his shy man-child hand, then by his imperceptible erect penis. She was moving and feeling his heartbeats shaking the bed. His fear was paralyzing him - the same fear he will feel in the future every time he will get close to a woman, even if that woman will never be his mother again.

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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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