He was always busy and no longer paid any attention to her. Shall we watch a movie, baby? Tomorrow. I have work to do, my dear. It won't happen. I wanna go out, can we, love? Tomorrow, I promise. She made a fake account and approached him. He didn't seem to be interested at first but then he started writing to her assiduously. Are you single? Somehow. He sent her a picture of the coffee cup and an anklet. I wanna meet you. A partially bare thigh followed. Her breasts, in the bra he had given her as a Valentine's Day gift. The chat was on fire. When shall we meet? She sent him a selfie of her smiling. Tomorrow.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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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