Between the chapel service and the night-club schedule she had to quickly remove her rasa and mandela from her head, put on her make-up and put on her red corset and fishnet stockings, kick off her slippers and put on her Royalle dancing sandals. The virus was giving her excruciating headaches, the fever was gnawing at her, and the annoying tearing was stopping her from seeing the crowd of males waiting for her exotic dance. She grabbed the pole, did a perfect split on it and raising her other hand, cried out Mater Dei, ora pro nobis pecatoribus.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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