I'll be adored by all men, Scarlett tells herself. No, on second thought, I'll be adored by women too. The ones from the high society , of course. They'll love my hair that smells like vanilla. Or my legs that smell like cake. I'll light up rooms and hearts, eclipsing everyone else. They'll call me narcissistic. and borderline. But I'm still going to carry a train that's going to cover my shadow as well as possible. I will make the love of others the epicentre of my reason, hoping that may be this way I will be able to love myself a bit.

(Translated by Andreea Theodora Drăgan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. dr. Nadina Vișan / Edited 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 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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