Luv, do I still have wrinkles? Corcodușa turned in the chair and looked at Father Agheasmie who was typing on the phone, lying in bed, completely naked. In just a bikini, the woman was doing her makeup in front of the mirror while taking a puff of a cigarette. The man got up, scratching his huge belly and approached the fridge. He opened it and took out a beer. He opened it and burped satisfied after the first gulp. Luv, I asked you something, she insisted. He sat down at the table with his eyes on his phone. No, you don't, he replied without looking at her.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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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