Move over, woman, 'cause I'm gonna fall out of bed. Where should I go, I can't get around Vasile. What's that got to do with Vasile, what's Vasile doing in bed with us? Well, it does, \'cause his wife kicked him out of the house and you called him over, but since you drink yourself silly for three straight days, well, the days pass, and Vasile stays. Then why is he on your side of the bed, woman? What do you want him to do, sleep next to you? What would people say? What people, aren't we at home? Well, these guys sleeping on the floor have been here since Anuța's wedding. And lower your voice, or you'll wake up poor Vasile.

(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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