You, the bosses, you have to know this. I asked right there on the spot, but no one wanted to tell me why was she replaced, where is she now and especially why was I not notified about this. You've had my contact ever since the police came because I was stroking her. You knew I cared a lot about her, you have recordings on the store's video camera of how I visit her daily so we can talk. I really hope you haven't dismantled her. She was my favorite mannequin in the whole mall, she doesn't even compare to the blonde one that you replaced her with.
(Translated by Mădălina Mangalagiu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by Professor Nadina Vişan)
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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)
*Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.