I don't know much about this woman. I have no idea what she does. She told me she doesn't like questions or big words. Mystery, too much mystery. Last night, after making love in her bedroom, I found out. While she was in the bathroom, I went through her drawers. In one, I found a rag doll with many pins stuck in its head. Oh, so she's a seamstress. How do I know that? Well, Grandma had one just like it. Said she was making dresses for the neighbour. I don't think she made her many. Poor thing had a concussion one night.

(Translated by Adrian-George Ilinca / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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 November 2022, the group has 9,580 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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