The Japanese with white Converse shoes, mustard pants and a cream jacket, who sits next to the garage with the red door, fits perfectly with the Scot with green sandals, checked skirt and the pink shirt with a low neckline, who sits next to the same garage with the same red door. They can be seen together every day, and they are so happy, it is quite irritating for everyone. He, tall, protective, she, smiling, little and fragile as a transparent bug, always in the extension of his strong arm. They laugh loudly and often stop so she can adjust his blouse. They both look impeccable, especially today, when each of them decided to put on the other's clothes.

(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, 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 almost daily. 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.

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