I'm not living a dream life, but I fill it with a lot of colourful dreams. A good coffee in the morning is a luxury I cannot miss. I'd never give up on my morning talks, when I adore to listen to myself in silence, to scold myself, to love myself and to see what I've been up to lately. How am I? I'm good, I live in opulence. Meaning that today's another day in which I managed to buy myself cigarettes. I ordered two books, a hairbrush, and a bright red lipstick, because faded lips can't hum the lascivious songs of lazy days.

(Translated by Oana-Roxana Dicilea / 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 May 2022, the group has 8,350 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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