I am tossing across the bedsheet, I am wrapping myself in it, I am getting out of it, the pillows smell of sleep and his pajamas hold my skin in a rough, manly caress. He looks me in the eyes, smiling from the photo on the nightstand and I begin my dream, he sees that I am, he wants us to be, and I bathe in the fragrance of the clothes in the wardrobe. I kiss the coffee cup and sit in the armchair that embraces me. with the shape of his body. The hours pass. And then I leave. I place the key back under the neighbour's doormat. It's time. He's coming home.

(Translated by Constantin Istrate / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. 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 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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