She shook his hand off her shoulder. You disgust me, I wish your stupid mistress came and saw your satisfied beer smile. He mumbled, come on stop upsetting me. I'm upsetting you? You lying drunk, you're always on that phone, always demanding, unbelievably, for her to cook you soups, to put up with your farts and to carry you on her back. And on top of that, for her to infinitely love you, as you both say to each other. He blinked confused as he'd not realized before how much his wife knew about his mistresses. When her palm went up, he started crying and said sobbing: you promised you'd never hit me again.  

(Translated by Maria Cătălina Moisescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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