Do you think you stand a chance? He asked in disdain. Look at me, you're good for nothing - do you think you can just get on the train, move to the city and sell the earrings you make - do you think you're a famous fashion designer? Stay fucking home and stop putting on so much lipstick, only bitches wear so much lipstick. She looked at him almost pitifully before slamming the door shut right behind her. After ten years, the director of the fashion house had three things framed in her office: a train ticket, a red lipstick and the first pair of earrings.

(Translated by Liliana Popescu / 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 June 2021, the group has 6.650 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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