We've been sitting on the couch together for two hours now, and he's been talking to me about stars, galaxies, history, art, and other sciences. I keep fidgeting while he goes on and on. Suddenly, I interrupt him and put my warm fingers on his lips: Sorry, I just have to do this. I can't take it anymore. I take off my shirt and swiftly remove my bra in one motion, tearing off the piece of irritating plastic sewn inside it that had been bothering my skin, my brain, and my soul. Now you can tell me about global warming too, I said.

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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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