I've got tattoos everywhere. Most of them on my arms and legs. Some on my neck too. I put Mickey and Daffy together, but I shouldn't. Because Daffy is with Bugs Bunny, and Mickey with Donald. I've got some more serious ones, with hearts and cars. And two pirates on my knees. I like them all, because they are colorful, and they are mine. Some of them are not placed right, and others are double, but that doesn't bother me. I keep the gum in a jar and have one at a time, because it's hard to chew too many at once. And mom says they cause tooth decay.

(Translated by Irina Bîlcan / 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, 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 Ficţiuni Reale.

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