and he kicked an incentive hoof over my buttocks. They were curved and trembling with curiosity, but I was still keeping them to myself. You can do it, he murmured with his fiery little eyes, what the hell, have I come here for nothing? He was right, the sea lured me and something that has never been done before wanted to be accomplished with adrenaline. I emptied my outdated thoughts one by one, I let go of my character with a tug and of my shame from between buttons, when that hoof kicked me again. Just the bikini, you silly goose, come on, hurry up, before we lose the sun on this nude beach.

(Translated by Jessica-Polixenia-Cristiana Copilaș / 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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