Oki-doki, let me draw a portrait of yourself. If you give a damn, you will leave with your face. Well, you smart dude, you're both a painter and a poet. However, I have a question: am I not doing it, are you doing it? Pop' with a French chest, I can draw you right on the spot and then you'll plagiarize me. Master, don't be an idiot - you've completely confused me. That's simple sir, I'm painting, and you're signing down on the canvas. And then you brag about your talent and style. Three cents you say? Here's the money. Give it to me. And he smiles at the artist to remain a seamstress forever.

(Translated by Anca Cristina Georgiana Mihai / 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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