Don't you think woman are the Eighth Wonder? They have got the key since the beginning of time. Poets have been singing about them in great style. They have no flaw, around 2 or 3. Mistresses of the rules, breaking them at times, ever-present, there's no way without them. Recently, they have made up their mind to fly to Mars. Don't be delusional. They're coming back. 'Cause they can. More than that, they're the Cradle of Life. Well, men will blame me for that. In the end, yo man, women are epopees. DO believe it, 'cause I'm a woman too.

(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / 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 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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