I've had a nightmare, Vasile. I'd dreamt that you left me behind in the dead of night, that you also took Kitty and went God knows wherewith your harlots and all, you crazy sailor. Vasile, such a terrible nightmare I've had. One of the harlots was Blind as a bat Filuța, the one you went for a buzzcut to. You damn womanizer, I've had such a scare. Look, it's 1 am and I'm drenched in sweat. Go fetch me a glass of water. Vasile? VASILE??? Vasile, where in the hell are you? Kitty???

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / 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.

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