Mr. and Mrs. Ionescu decided to break their routine and try something new. The bathtub filled with fragrant foam and the fogged-up glasses of champagne looked like the ones from a movie. The alcohol and aphrodisiac candles made the blood rush through their veins. Kisses and touches were fiery once more. The spark of energy between them could have heated up an average town, such as Băicoi, without difficulty. But something was missing. The man got up from the fuchsia satin-covered bed and asked his wife: But, Mario, when is Luigi coming?

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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