Proud? Because my nose is up in the air? Arrogant? Because I recognize my merits? Mischievous, huh? Because I let my self tell you that, frankly, think you're wrong? Whore? Because, unlike others, I admit that I love sex? Possessive? Because when I give in, I do it with all my passion? Devourers? Because I'm greedy, yes, for you and a life together? And hypocrite, me? Because I'm an actress and I repeat this mirror every day in front of the plate? Ah, I was wrong. Do I repeat this words in front of the mirror every day?

(Translated by Ana Spînu / 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 April 2022, the group has 8,175 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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