I spent two hours putting on makeup and getting dressed. The guy looks great, he writes me poems, send me flowers and calls me Silviuţa. We haven't met in person yet. Today is the big day. I put some background music on, I'm changing again, darn it! This dress isn't fancy enough. Should I wear these earrings? They are a little over the top. I'll put these small diamond studs on. Now you're talking! Wow, he is punctual too, there's the doorbell. And here's my one and only Vlad - donning a sweatsuit. I let it slide. He opens the back door for me. Silviuţa, my TV is in the front seat, I'm taking it to get it fixed at sev'n this evening.

(Translated by Elena-Carmen Bobocescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.500 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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