Nothing strange happened during that moment. Perhaps it was the fact that we didn't know each other. We were both invited to the party, but I suddenly realized we pursued the same man. I could have tried to play a game, but I wasn't really in the mood. So, without coming to some sort of an agreement, we decided to share the same man. The night was still young and there was enough room for both of us in his bed. We were so different. Not just physically, but also in each other's gestures and the way we were feeling. I don't remember much about him, maybe just that we shared him. It had just been on a whim.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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 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.

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