It's become a pressing matter. I don't really have much time left, it's already a matter of minutes, if not actual seconds. And even if it's that dire, I honestly have no clue what to choose. Transgender, transsexual, queer, fluid, intergen, crossdresser, genderless, agender, nongender, the third sex, bi-gender, trans man, trans woman, transmasculine, transfeminine, pansexual, neutrois. And there are a whole bunch that I don't even remember. I need to decide which door I'm going for. If not, I will piss my pants.

(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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