Women with a low neckline, shiny dresses, heavy jewelry on powdered skin. Wealthy men, standard smiles, glassy eyes of excitement. In the middle of the exhibition, the monstrous wrought iron spike, a ribbed trunk, rises to the ceiling. It could be a rocket, a stalagmite, a huge candle and a universal vibrator. Nobody knows. But everyone applauds in astonishment. The women feel more fulfilled, the men more powerful. Soon honey begins to drip and everyone is gaping with their mouths in order to receive the great nectar.

(Translated by Claudia Alexandra Văcărescu / 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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