I'm not ravishing, I'm not charming, I'm not enchanted either but I'm made of chocolate. Sweet-bitter, hot, pistachio-flavoured, when willing to, I am suddenly a bliss. I'm not exuberant, just extravagant, people say I'm a scientist. I'm not a master, maybe I'm just a little jerk. Music lover, dancer, an eternal dreamer. Posh gestures, ripples and dramas, I don't have time for melodramas. I'm not divine, I'm not angelic, I'm not stunning. A surprise, a smile, a delight. An immaterialist, seldom sad four-eyed girl. Don't cut me off the list.

(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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