26.03.2021

He had several rows of skin. An all-day skin, tattooed with must-do and one for Sunday, on which he wrote "şşşşt". One for work with the boss' name in temporary tattoo and one for home painted with flowers. One of them which he wore to church and had invisible tattoos so that the spiritual father would not argue that he was defiling his body, one for parents with quotes from sages and one for grandparents with a Christ the Redeemer on the left, where the heart is. He had another special one for sex.
The only concern was to not mix them.

(Translated by Elena Creţu / 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 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 Ficţiuni Reale.

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