They called her Vera for her to be noble, seductive and simple. Vera, daughter of Anonymous and Severa. Except that in the hot night she was brought into this World alone, Venus was in the 11th House and she was handed frequent emotional bonds, erotic disharmonies, a bastard child. Maybe if they had named her Venus she would be living in the same arrondissement of Louvre and she too would have been larger than life, as Venus of Milo. And maybe only the loving touch of one man's hands and heart would have changed her destiny.

(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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