I spread my legs purposefully. I bend my right knee and pucker my lips. I add my left thigh to my side, hanging it lazily over the sheet whose yellow stains hide erased and rewritten scenes. I bend at the waist and deepen its mystery so that the eye can't penetrate, only guess. I spread my fingers over the wet passage between my thighs and breathe out jerkily when the whole arsenal of a diva waiting for her husband back from work is interrupted by his guttural cry: Wife, are those potatoes ready?

(Translated by Cristina Șuică / 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 November 2021, the group has 7.500 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 every few days. 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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