A peculiar, single lady, starched, perfumed baby, looking for a man to dominate me, so I can be his devotee, he shall always punish me, \'til moon has done its spree, and then we can change the roles, he can bear me and my strolls, with a whip against his skin, to recall how things had been, when I used to whip my lovers, punishing those stupid plotters, they all called me Lady V, even in the orphanage it was a decree, when they all would bully me, the past is gone, the future is coming free, it's not a matter or good luck, I set them aflame `cause they all suck, today I'm a changed baby, a peculiar, single lady.

(Translated by Cristina-Bianca Ion / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected 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 March 2023, the group has 10,790 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, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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