The perspiring snowman felt around its roundness, one hip, and then the other. Both the torso and the buttons were where they should be. Lifting the branches to its face, he felt around his brows timidly. They had disappeared. He frowned in alarm. Nothing, no reaction, just some thin black marks, like Greta Garbo's. Brow tattoos done with mud would solve it. Brows that are thick and arched, highlighted, just like Brandi has, are all the rage after all. He will ask Măriuca, the 8-year-old girl, to trace them for him. He smiled, his clear face lighting up.
 It's only a bit more until the children arrive with their sleds.

(Translated by Ruxandra Ioana Vasile / 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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