It was the mayor's birthday. The canteen was full. They all fell silent when Acopalixa appeared, with her dark hair framing her angelic face and her lace dress molding to her perfect body. What is this bad woman doing here? she heard behind her. I'll show you, fat women. Happy birthday, mayor. In order not to repeat myself, if you are all still here, you have better send your men to a venerologist, if you know what I mean. The women were silent. The men blushed one by one. I was kidding, Acopalixa continued. Or not. Kisses, she added walking away.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / 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 October 2021, the group has 7.275 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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