After they found people to work on their plantation, they thought it wouldn't hurt to get something out of life, too. So they stopped at Versace, to update their Latin lover's outfit, and they remained there. As fashion mannequins. Behold, have a taste. In the meantime, they lost their strawberries and Signora Bella and Signora Carina, their mothers, came to Rome to see for themselves what happened. Oh, they were gobsmacked, they cried, and in the evening they calmed down, cooling their breasts in the Trevi Fountain along with their daughters.

(Translated by Ana-Maria Batog / 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 December 2022, the group has 9,880 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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