It was the night we said those awful things to each other. I don't want to remember the mean things I said to you. Of course I regret them, but how else would I know what you were thinking? You thought I disgusted you and that my caresses were toad touches, that sex with me was a real ordeal, that you never had an orgasm and that your final ecstasy was faked. Since then, I've been left with a taste of bile in my mouth. Before I forget, tomorrow I'm going to ask the doctor if it is possible to get jaundice from an aborted love.

(Translated by Cătălina Colibaba / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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