Welcome to this distinguished and special performance. Our acrobat, Lizette Jora, enters the scene. Look at the grace, the courage. Come on, Liza, get off the windowsill. We all know you are the best acrobat from Cirque du Soleil. Yesterday you were an opera singer and at the end of the show you hit the nurse on the head with the stand. Slowly, guys, prepare the straitjacket and the painkillers. Lizette, try climbing again. Now. Hmm, how people used to tremble in front of this torturer.

(Translated by Mălina Ioana Butaru / 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 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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