The psychologist wants me to imagine that the spectators are naked, so that I am not nervous, oh, yes, what a shame, the old woman from the front row, I don't want to know what wrinkle maps she has under her clothes, boss, why not you left your belly at home, hey, baby in the second row, the hot girl, not the baby, what fools they are, they brought a baby to the show, if it starts screaming, it starts screaming, that's it, I put them all on place, because nudity is too stressful. where was i Ah, yes, the curtain has been drawn, how naked I feel in front of them.

(Translated by Delia-Maria Cocoș / 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 October 2022, the group has 9,400 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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