She has been grumbling for three hours about crooked eyelashes, straight lips and more colour. If only she'd shut up, how the hell can I paint her chattering mouth? She's on speaker with the fool, sorry, the groom. Baby, I'm crying my eyes out, I've got the dumbest beautician, I wanna shoot her. She gives me snake looks and talks like I'm not there. I breathe calmly and fill the airbrush with green paint. And red, yellow, lots of it, all over her face and in her hair. Only a few streaks on her dress, but she's finally full of colour.  

(Translated by Cosmina-Florentina Ciobanu / 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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