People call me the merry widow. So what? I was born in a brothel, I learned that life is a brothel. When customers came I sat in a drawer with diapers, then locked in the closet. Then one of the customers took me home, he was a tender man. He discovered my intelligence and appreciated my beauty. I have him in the bottom drawer, he's my first. Then came the second, the third, I filled all the drawers. I like to look at them with a calm face, like that, without cravings. I'll be needing a new wardrobe; the last husband is in the pickle tub.   

(Translated by Medeea Alexandra Stan / 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 January 2023, the group has 10,220 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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