I fell in love with Cătălin in kindergarten. You have never seen greater love. Elementary school, high school, college, I'm still glued to him. I hook up with his roommate, just to be around him. Don't think of any love triangle because it wasn't like that. I'll tell you about this triangle another time. One hundred percent real, yes. Two boys, friends. Just sex and that's it. Weekly on Thursday. Everywhere, usually in unusual places. One blonde, the other one brown. One shy, the other one bold. One loved me, the other one hated me. Cătălin? He just watched.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Mușetescu / 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 August 2022, the group has 9,000 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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