said the psychologist, as I lay on the taupe couch. Free yourself from all fears. Let them out of the corners of your being. Don't hide your traumas beneath your flesh like bruises over which you pull the sleeves of your blouse. You hide them, but you don't heal them. I pulled my dress off in a snatch. What are you doing? he asked, conflicted. I had a strong fear of breasts, I told him. Now, the psychologist is fighting that very fear, that got stuck to his lips like a bitch.

(Translated by Oana Ionescu / 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 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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