I'm not in the mood. It's too hot. That's what you say during winter as well, but then it's because of the cold. Come on, don't be a wet blanket.Better go and make a cold lemonade. The man got out in his birthday suit and set off for the kitchen, smiling. He knew. Fifteen years had passed. Prolonged mornings in bed through cheeky feet, confessions, drinking coffee with the radio in the background, weekend plans,even though it was Monday, the deep goodbye kiss. Each and every one made up their indestructible universe, and even if sex was a late arrival, the seduction became sincere. He loved her.

(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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