I have already forgotten the hit I took when I was bathing in manure. I was broken off in two, I kept going. And the fish, ah the fish, how I managed to feint them. I am a hermaphrodite, that's what you're saying? Yes, I am, but that doesn't mean I don't have my own erotic dreams. I can smell something, fresh wet grass, that makes me fall into a romantic mood. And like in a story, he showed up beside me, kissing my ring. Nobody had yet told me as gently and as originally, take it off. Nude, for a few hours we will mate. Don't be jealous, that's how earth worms are.

(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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