So I wanted to be romantic. I saw him coming, I closed the light, took off my robe and waited. He came, took a beer, burped a stanza. He wanted to leave the kitchen. I was in the doorway, a candle between my boobs and a hand on my hip, just like in the ads. He screamed Oh my, a ghost and threw the bottle at me. I fell flat to the ground. I tried to get up while being dizzy and that's why I'm full of cuts. The candle just lighted the rug. The fireman wrote down. Marital conflict based on the uncertainty of the partner's existence.

(Translated by Diana Pașcanu / 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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