She had a perfect technique. But that wasn't enough. Her paintings did not make the public gape at them. Then, she decided to make them look more passionate, to reveal her soul, pieces of herself through them. And people started to like her. Her canvases were sold like hot cakes as soon as she started them. However, with every exhibition she seemed to become thinner and thinner, more pale, to the point where people could permeate through her. One day, the hand holding the paint brush disappeared and it fell over the canvas. It was her last painting. The most expensive one.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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 August 2021, the group has 7.000 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 every few days. 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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