I can't get by in the capital, so she tells me where to change the subway. Being from Baicoi, I'm excited of Bucharest, the city of my potential sins. I entered Carturesti, she came along after 5 minutes. I was trying to find her flaws, I found only one, she had a hairy mold on her left forearm. I gave her my poetry book. She didn't like it, she said she's only reading books onself- development. That sucked, I had borrowed 200 lei from Dragos for this. I asked for a coffee, though I was craving some papanaşi.

(Translated by Paula-Silvia Codescu / 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 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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