You show me yours; I'll show you mine. That's how we met, when he was 6 and I was only 9. In high school they used him as a dummy in anatomy class, in exchange for an A. All the classmates laughed, I saved myself for when I got to the dorm. In college we fucked naked in the empty lecture hall, glad we got a passing grade on our midterm, then spent our honeymoon at the nudist beach. I saw him brought in by the waves, naked as the day he came into the world. Instead of my mouth, the lifeguard's mouth is on his. 28, 29, 30, blow.

(Translated by Andreea Ciubuc / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by conf. dr. Daria Protopopescu / 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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