I was sitting on the beach with my girlfriend. She was bathing topless in the sea. And she had what to show. All the men turned their heads after her. I liked to admire her from a distance, especially when she came out of the sea with wet hair and perky breasts because of the coolness of the water. She was running towards the sun loungers with her breasts moving alluringly. I was lying on the lounger face down while my girlfriend was giving me a massage. At one point I hear a voice: Costele, wake up at once cause you have to take the garbage out and also drive me to work.

(Translated by Diana Paşcanu / 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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