Looking through the hourglass, in '82 I was a third-year medical student. I was custom made- beautiful as a frame with a mind of quantum physics and with Cyd Charisse legs. A doctor and an architect both fell for me at the same time. I disappeared when the flirting turned into marriage proposals, knowing I would ruin their lives. I wasn't honest with them and I was lying to myself too. After about a year, I wrote to them. I am no saint, I have a child but I am still single and if they will forgive me, they should come on the first of June at Boema. Commercial break.

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / 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 June 2022, the group has 8,500 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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