Dark hair, short beard, brown eyes, oriental appearance. Allah is mighty, I keep scrolling. Well-defined jaw, long fingers, the smile of a millionaire. I become a locomotive, I puff, steam comes out of my ears. Leather jacket, camouflage pants, boots. Not even brandy heats me up like so. Works as a photographer, loves to travel, dogs and beef soup. Drunk with happiness, I throw the cat out the window. Hallelujah, It's finally my turn too. Wait, what's that underneath? In a relationship with motherfucker John Smith.

(Translated by Cristina Stan / 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 May 2021, the group has 6.400 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, Răzvan Penescu, 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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