My girlfriend talks in her sleep and sometimes laughs out loud. I still listen to her, other times I just hear her and fall back asleep peacefully. She talks like a weirdo incessantly, about dresses and butterflies and other flies. Last night was strange. Mario, he just helped me carry my bags to my room. He wasn't holding my hand, he couldn't carry my trolleys. Of course he wasn't holding my waist. What do you mean, he was kissing me on the neck like you were? Oh, you're twins? Are you Luigi? Whoops, you're never going on vacation alone.

(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / 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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