I was first born as a garden dahlia, and although I was the favourite of that place, I soon came into conflict with the wind that lifted my skirt day after day, ruffling my petals. I sent a letter to the heavens that I was escaping from the world of flowers and wished to be a woman. My wish was granted. I am a TV presenter. I have the soul of a flower. My name is Daliana Tinuța, and today, while I was shooting, the wind was blowing my skirt up ostentatiously and annoyingly. There was already a storm behind me. A storm of applause.

(Translated by Camelia Diaconu / 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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