06.01.2023
For four years they've mocked me. I'm ugly, poor, nerdy. I've been waiting, but the prom's tonight. Their mouths will drop when they find out I'm going with John. He's a sailor, so he's tan. He's the most handsome man in the world, dark-haired, athletic body, blue eyes, smooth as an actor. An apparition. The girls will be head over heels and the boys will discover they wanted me. I told him my grievances and he brought me a princess dress. Him? Like something out of a fashion magazine. We're leaving, Melissa, let's knock them out, uncle John stopped my tears.

(Translated by Andreea Grințescu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / 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 September 2022, the group has 9,250 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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