I lay on my side, on top of his right arm, and I look at his profile. His eyes are glued to the ceiling and his breathing is slow. I wonder what he's thinking about. Was I too vocal last night? Maybe my tattoo bothered him? Should we have made love with the lights off? God, I didn't brush my teeth last night. Could he have smelled anything odd? Maybe he doesn't want to hear from me anymore. I cannot stand his silence any longer, so I ask directly: What are you thinking about? Nothing, he answered. He was actually thinking of how to tell her to get off him. His whole arm was numb. 

(Translated by Ioana Diana Sandu / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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