I can hear the ticking of the seconds on the clock. He sits patiently in the armchair. I asked him to give me just a few more minutes. You're my first client. I'm shy, I don't know how or where to begin. And you're not helping me at all, I said. Okay, I'll give you one more hour. Take your clothes off, slowly. I took off my dress and my bra; I hesitated when it came to my panties, but his gaze made me get rid of them too. Now I want you to do something that I really enjoy he whispered. Make a tasty bean soup. I put on my apron over my bare breasts and started chopping the onion.
(Translated by Lucia-Alexandra Brînaru-Mitrofan / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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.