I'm Dolly, I've got wavy hair and enough brains under it to be here, I uttered looking at the solemn faces around me. I had expected smiles and worried, I thought we were the same, and now I didn't recognize myself in the hoards of eyes watching me intently. I am Dolly, detached from you, speaking from the heart, no sterile bleating. Silence and those faces like a wall that scanned me, squeezing me between hardened pupils. Okay, I'm leaving, I said defeated and noisily closed the box with the pictures of some memories. You idiot.

(Translated by Angelica Ioana Curcan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by prof. Eliana Ionoaia / 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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