I'm a seamstress. My daughter doesn't like me to call myself that. She taught me to say I'm a stylist. It's true that my job isn't all about tailoring, weaving, sewing and overlocking. I create models. I draw them, I discuss them with my clients, I take their measurements and only then cut the material. Unfortunately, my sight gets poorer. I was struggling to thread the needle, but my son-in-law came to my rescue. He brought me a blue pill. I grind it, dissolve it in some water, soak the thread in it and in a few seconds it hardens. A miracle.

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / 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 February 2022, the group has 7,950 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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