What a fancy birthday party my wife threw for me. All my friends came, we drank and ate. We danced all night. My secretary's here as well, Alma, the one with the body of a pagan goddess. My wife doesn't know about Alma. I walked past her and we touched. What a thrill, oh, God. I can't wait to go on the delegation. For two years, Alma and I have been living a heartbreaking story. Is that perhaps why I'm giddy now? My eyes fall on my glass. That cocktail should've been a different color. And a different taste. That was my last thought.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoș / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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