I have a friend, let's call her Oana, who's a little bit of a necrophile or something like that. The fact that I work as a photographer at the morgue simplifies things for her but complicates them for me. Every once in a while, I have to find a young, handsome John Doe who no one's going to come looking for. I set my camera on zombification, click, and Oana leaves hand in hand with her brand-new conquest. Why am I doing this for her? Well, she was also once a young, beautiful Jane Doe who no one came looking for. I, too, have my weaknesses.

(Translated by Ana Stănilă / 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 February 2021, the group has 4.300 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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