Listen, you're a man, yeah? You're brave, yeah? You're the man with the plan, huh? You've got balls, right? So, who are you? You are the winner. The boss of this situation, yeah? You're Mr. Big Dick, yeah? Although he was whispering, as to himself, she could see him jibing at the mirror. He didn't seem that convincing in his tighty whities. Are you talking to me, she laughs as she handles the broom with skilled fingers. If only De Niro could see you, he'd laugh his ass off. You can come out of the bathroom, I annihilated him. A poor spider.

(Translated by Ana Stănilă / 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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