The woman spread a towel made in China on the sand. The sunglasses made in China got their position on the nose corrected in Romania and hid from the eyes of others her eyelashes made in China. The swimsuit made in China fits perfectly on the breasts corrected in Romania with material made in China. The woman painted her lips corrected in Romania with a product made in China and stretched languidly, in a style made in Ferentari. The man made in Urlaţi, but with the appearance of an Italian, approaches the feline. Hai du iu du. You're beautiful.

(Translated by Andreea-Simona Trufin / 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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