Let your cousin read our palms. I don't want to, Rodica. What if she's right? Costeluș held his hand out flat. His cousin winked at him: a crew-cut blondie is destined for you. What about my Rodica? Nothing. I see nothing but the blondie. Let's go home, Rodica. What am I going to do now? It's you whom I love. The next day, Rodica had her hair cut and dyed it blonde. For Costeluș's peace of mind. In the evening, Costeluș's friends showed up unannounced: I didn't believe this dimwit would talk you into going blonde, they said, carrying the beer cases inside.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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 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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