I was invited over to some friends. We sat down at the table and words flowed among the clinking of glasses, the women were heated, it was about sex and I felt how in this discussion they got provocative with their glances and the trigger in their words, but I did not expect the warm foot that was caressing my groin. On the other side of the table she was splayed on the chair and smiled at me as if inviting me to bed. I shivered smoothing my gray hair, it was a late chance, and with the last bullet left, I fired.

(Translated by Alin-Marian Mărgescu / 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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