Her skin was more abrasive than Dedeman sandpaper. When you kissed her, she\'d make your lips exfoliate. When she caressed your cheeks, her palm was sharper than Gillette. That soup-soaked moustache. And those eyes that looked at each other fearfully. A gaze that spoke volumes: beer, spilled wine and rotgut, which also explains the stink that wafted through her missing teeth. I touched her 11-finger hand and I instantly knew: Facebook Tanţa was truly a remarkable woman.

(Translated by Eleonora Manea / 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 every few days. 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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