Make it rain, make it rain, mumbled the bug-eyed woman. The Frenchman stared at her as if she was an UFO. Oi, what are you staring at? I'm hot stuff, I know. Got fine words, a lil' culture, unlike the rest, but today I felt like singing. Shake some belly, what, haven't you seen a bare bellybutton before? Come here, gimme your hand. You, translate to the Frenchy that I can read his future in his wallet. He's lush, I like how he's got his peepers on me. Forget it, I'll tell him myself in French: musio ondutroa, comeresoa donemoa vu corvuzave chelkashoz. San numero, san numero, donemoa.

(Translated by Daniela-Andreea Gugescu / 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 July 2021, the group has 6.800 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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