They fell in amore with the same bella ragazza, Ramona, that they'd met in Piazza Navona. Blue eyes, red hair. She cleaned two houses. She was from Romania, all the way from Crevedia. A talented nurse. From the first moment, they appealed to her sensitive side. Con amore e bellezza e un po' di frivolezza. At first she didn't know which was which, because they were too much alike. Before they knew it, they both tasted her with tender kisses. Mascalzoni. The day she found that out, she angrily said that was enough. She left the two Italians and fled with the money.

(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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