When he saw her in the elevator, he knew the musky aftershave would drive her crazy. Kind of distant, but passionate. He begins to stroke her thighs and her moans of pleasure continue long after they reach the ground floor. As always, he's definitely gone to the office with the account girl on his lunch break. Truth be told, he's getting a little bored with all this running around. He's looking forward to his date with the smart, beautiful brunette he's been bored with for a week. If the alarm doesn't go off, he'll propose tomorrow.

(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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