She's not beautiful anymore. Surely, she admits she was a little easy. And that she fell in love a little early. The first one was when she was less than 11 years old, Superman. Han Solo, Indy Jones, Dr. Who, Tony Stark followed. So she was a little bit of Lois Lane, Marion or Leia. She looks in the mirror and arranges her own fighter cape: the number on the half marathon shirt. She's been running and collecting donations for a while. Thinking of her Superhero, who has won all but one battle for years.

(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 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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