He rummaged through the drawers restlessly. Cutlery, kettles, what not. No corkscrew. Cabin in the mountains, the two of them, the trees and the moon, romantic, ideal time for wine. She watched him smash the bottom of the bottle with the sole of a slipper, then put a pillow against a wall and slam the bottom of the bottle into it. Seeing that the neck of the bottle was bent and the cork would not come out like that, she took it from his hand, smashed it in the sink, on top of a kettle, anticipating what would come next. He will rummage restlessly, until dawn, through the drawers, looking for a condom.

(Translated by Mara-Sabina Rolea / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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