there was a girl who had sex for the first time, on a Thursday, at five o'clock in the afternoon, in her boyfriend's home, with a towel underneath her, lest she should stain the sheets. She screamed to the moon and back. Her innocence was taken away too soon. She got married too soon, she gave birth to a child with no knowledge about anything, and without knowing anything about herself, and then she divorced unwillingly. She found herself drowning in diapers, sippy cups, cries and sleepless nights. At night, she would sit down in bed, next to her daughter, and read her fairy stories. Because if this story weren't true, it wouldn't have been told.

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / 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 December 2021, the group has 7.750 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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