It's a bust. Without hands. And noseless. An embarrassment, but there it is. Actually, it has no eyes or ears. It has no head on its neck and neither a neck under his head. It doesn't really have a bust either, so it's only called a bust just to be. It has no base. As for leaving, it doesn't leave because it has no legs. He has nothing. So it's not very clear what's it about. That's why we better not even talk about it. Better talk about Letitia's bust, who's just drying clothes on the balcony.

(Translated by Zahra Kazemi / 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 4.300 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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