I am the woman without flaws. I am the perfect woman, so perfect that Mrs. Perfection curtsies before me and shyly takes a step back. I walked into a fashion house, and they refused my order on the grounds that they did not have the fabric for my perfect body. At the hairdresser's, they won't even comb my hair, restaurants close when I try to enter them, and my husband, oh, he didn't even consummate our wedding night with me. Is it so hard to be accepted by the ones with flaws? My biggest flaw is that I have no flaws.

(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 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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