Orange or coral, mini or maxi, Monroe vamp or Hepburn maiden in Sabrina, open back or salacious cleavage, smokey eyes or crimson lipstick, contact lenses or fascinator, watch or filigree bracelet, stilettos or ankle strap sandals, push-up or all-natural, fishnet stockings or garter belt, Dior or Channel, silver envelope purse or golden clutch, cigarette holder or hand fan, diamond ring over satin mitts or brilliant brooch? Darling, stop fussing, the gala ended half an hour ago.

(Translated by Adelina-Maria Mănăilescu / 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 July 2022, the group has 8,750 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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