She had met him through a friend who knew his DJ, and during a concert, he invited them backstage. He was cute and funny, so she kind of fell for him. They kept seeing each other, and after three months, they moved in together. He was always away. He'd either go to the studio or to gigs in the country. She worked at Mega, and they saw each other less and less. Be that as it may, she loved him and she would have done anything for him. But when she noticed the punctures on his arms, she realized she was in a dangerous ménage à trois.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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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