She's wiping a sweat bead that's gone past her eyes. She's slightly blackening her eyelid because of the Chaanell liner. She's spinning on her scabby chair and starts crying. She can barely move her stuck fingers. Even two of her nails chipped.
Took her 4 hours to remove the b from Adibas and stitch back a d. But she's not giving up, she has a bag too and a tracksuit blouse. Towards morning it was done. So very proud of her new outfit, and especially her bag. Authentic Dioor and not any other.

(Translated by Oana Oprea / 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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