Yes, Judge, I admit, I have one that might sound like a cliché, but is a great quality. I'm loyal, but not faithful. I love my husband dearly and I want to go easy on him. I mean, I don't always call on him, not to wear him out. He's very proud of my success wherever we go. The neighbour across the street is jealous that we passed him over and in revenge he denounced my husband as a pimp. He couldn't be more wrong though; my husband is a stud. Then the neighbour said, You're just a dumb ass, you sucker, at which point my husband punched him twice. For the record, I'm a virgin.

(Translated by Bianca-Maria Marinescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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