17.03.2021
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 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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