Mărie, the first time you called me Mihai I overlooked it. I said we're just getting started, that you haven't gotten used to being my wife yet. The second time you blushed and apologized, and that made me go to kamasutra and sexology classes to learn how to turn your world upside down; to forget about Michael, whoever he is. Last night, in the fires of passion, you called me Mihai again. I can't stand it any longer. Tell me, am I wrong? What does that man do to you? I do not deceive you, Mitică, only in my dreams Mihai knows how to wash dishes.

(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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