I have no flaw. Having no flaw, I am not, as one might believe, a self-idolater, much less do I have a narcissism disorder. You might say it's a gift, but, as a matter of fact, it's a curse. Having no physical flaws you will be admired and desired by those who are sick with unhealthy, vicious desires, women and men alike, and who, wanting to have you, will seek to justify them to you. Not having a single defect of thought, your mind will suffer from nausea, and you will run away, experiencing the pain of solitude. As you are an ideal, you will remain unique.

(Translated by Raluca Simion / 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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