I was alone at the bar. I saw her studying me, but I didn't respond. She came up to me and said: I'm Ruxana. Adrian, I answered. She stayed by my side. We talked, we laughed, we wondered that we both read contemporary Romanian writers. The atmosphere warmed up slightly, helped discreetly by a few shots of tequila. She stole a kiss, as if by chance. I can't get involved, I'm sorry, I told her. Why? Are you married? I saw you don't have a wedding ring. No, I'm not, I said. But from next Thursday I'll be called Adriana.

(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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