I am very cute, I've got my game on Tinder. When they hear I also have tattoos, it drives them crazy. One of them even brought me a ring, kneeling down, on our first date. And then it's night time, and I go at their place, never mine, so I can leave first. They are horrified by the tattoos I have over the scars on what used to be my breasts. I can't get implants, the metastasis was, and still is aggressive. One guy suggested he paid for a breast implant surgery. I got up and left. Well, the Uber, 13.40 lei, I paid it myself.

(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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