Nine years later, I knocked on her door, standing naked. Love me, please, I begged him without a hint of shyness. I'm tired of longing for you, of touching myself in the dark thinking about your body, your insanely obscene mouth. Crazy woman, wake up and return to your world. On this theme, love affairs only happen in the imagination. I'm sick of all these absurd rules, I told her. I want a real orgasm. Kiss every hanging point below my abdomen, I'll take care of the exclamation points. I'm going to exhale them all into the ether.

(Translated by Cosmina-Florentina Ciobanu / 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 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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