Mișu, I can tell you the truth - I rigged Mimi. In the bedroom in the lamp on the nightstand. I'm watching her every move - when she gets in bed, when she goes to the bathroom, when she wakes up. Yesterday she told me she was going to Lehliu to see her mum, but she lied. I got her on tape with Sorin from Marketing. Well, only the foreplay until that guy threw his underwear on the lamp. Say, Mișu, what do you think of my secret camera? What can I say, Grigore? It's cool and all, but not a secret anymore since you've put the video up on TikTok.

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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