The clouds were covering the sun's rays, sniffing at the dusk grey. The dust, rising from feet whipped by the rush of fear of being caught, covered her silhouette. False eyelashes hung over the green of pain-filled pupils. A fish's fists are an eternal memory. The police station door slammed, cracking the glass. Please, help me!, said the swollen face. Go to the toilet first and wash up, said the bored voice that didn't even bother to look at her. A new tab in Jeny Doe's file.

(Translated by Luciana-Maria Buruiană / 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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