I vigorously polished my toecap, even my calcaneus and stepping on my dreams barefoot, I searched for my lost self. I washed my curls of hair clean of dusty thoughts, I made some chemical peels from the cells of others and I was beaming an ethereal pinkish color, all the while a torrent of iloveyous and farewells residue was going down a certain waiting drain. In the mirror, with the pleasant scent of a rose, a MiniMe stared back at me. She still had a bit of longings on her nose and her slightly too large sky blue jeans, brought out the roundness of her smile.

(Translated by Jin Cristian Yang / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2021, the group has 7.150 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 Ficțiuni Reale.

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