I went out playing at night, honestly, I didn't realise I was committing a foul, the Louboutins were a must have, and the little black dress says more about a woman than she could herself, as for the fur coat, it raises you, its absence brings you down and I'm no kite. Until that fateful day at the Ritz Copacabana when: sir, you card has no reception here. He put me, no questions asked, on the bench for 90 days. Because of the depression, I cut my hair in the mirror like a Frenchwoman and bit my lips. He decided it was just a suspension  

(Translated by Carla Bețianu / 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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