Hello, Mihai; I missed you so much; you have a central heating system, don't you? so you have warm water; I'll go in to take a bath, there have been two weeks now since I haven't got warm water and I can't stand bathing in a basin anymore; don't bother, I've got my own bubble bath and shower gel; my favourite towel as well; slippers and robe; I won't be long, an hour, 'cause I've missed warm water like a leave; turn on the heaters so it will be warm when I'm ready; I won't kiss you now, after I finished bathing; thanks a lot; see you when I'm out.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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