With her messy hair and eyeliner, she is slowly entering the house. The clock in the hallway judges her. She takes off her shoes and tip-toes. She's getting undressed while climbing the stairs and when she reaches the top floor she is already naked. She gets under the sheets while holding her breath. She tries not to think about his stare in the morning. She realizes she hasn't brushed her teeth. And she's wearing someone else's perfume. And the bite on her neck will soon turn purplish. Then she feels the cold and opens her eyes. He is stiff with a grin on his face on his side of the bed.
(Translated by Alin Sescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected 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.