Ten years ago I was her best man, and on the way down the aisle I saw a hint of regret in her eyes hidden by a sigh. Since then I have always felt her hand squeeze my shoulder tightly every time I visit them in the morning for coffee. I know without her ever having to tell me that in their tender moments, when her flesh trembles with pleasure, right at the climax, her thoughts fly to me. For almost a lifetime I've been sitting on the lips of my best friend's wife. Sometimes you see things you don't want to believe.

(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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