Guys, fidelity is an autosuggestion thing. I always tell myself: What else could I get on the other side? Here, Cocuța always fills the table with cabbage rolls, beer and dessert. Not to mention that she offers me a warm and soft belly to lay my head on if I wish to. What would I find on the other side? Demands, whims, jealousy. No, thank you very much. You're right, George. When you were in the delegation, I saw your wife with another guy in the club. I tried to autosuggest as much as I could. It was for nothing, that was your wife, dude.

(Translated by Diana Pașcanu / 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 February 2023, the group has 10,500 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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