Do you need a map to get your eyes away from my cleavage? I asked him slightly amused. Didn't you say you were coming from work? What are you working on?" he replied quickly. I'm a porn actress, I threw out my answer and sipped from the coffee cup in front of me. It was the first time he looked me in the eye. He swallowed dryly. I don't know if I'm comfortable knowing other men touch you, he said after many seconds of silence. Other women, I corrected him. Then it's something else, he said smiling at me. Do you also work from home?

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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