This is not me. These are not my hands, and this is not my body. I am and I'm not. I feel too light to be. I'm wearing your kiss. This is not my joy. You sip from my body. Nor are these spindly legs mine. I fight to get inside myself. My skin glows, my hair grows. You wove it. I'm blonde, but now I have black hair. It's your hair. My eyes are green, but now they feel blue. That's the way you wanted them. I'm reading the leaflet. Take it before bed. I'll take another pill. I fall asleep.
(Translated by Andreea Grinţescu / 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.