We met on Facebook. We both knew we'd spend a single night together, then we'd each move on with our lives. I got to her in the evening. After 10 minutes, I realized she was the biggest Mr. Bean fan. She had figurines of the famous character, posters, magazines and a few teddy bears. In the living room, we drank a bottle of red semi-dry wine and watched Mr. Bean videos. After an hour, inevitably, we moved into the bedroom. I was glad she'd had an orgasm, but it was weird to hear her scream Rowaaaaaaaaaaaaaan.

(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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