Lolita was the talk of the town. Fickle eyes, sensuous lips, hips that danced lasciviously as she walked. You couldn't help but feel the blood boiling in your groin as you passed her. Her father, Giovanni, you could always see him a metre behind her. A true Cerberus, he warned the aspirants that only the dead would gain access to the kingdom of Lola. He'd only accept Luigi, a well to do fellow, son of the governor of Veneto. Little did he know that Mario, the city's bohemian artist, had already tattooed Lolita's heart and skin in the most passionate exchange of pheromones.

(Translated by Andreea-Iulia Ciucă / 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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