Her name is Marga. Her eyes resemble the almonds and her bottom resembles an orange. She gets revenge in advance for every bad joke made about her. Marga works at the ID office. With her eye from the back she sees you staring at her bottom and already knows how to take your picture. You know that moment when a friend wants to see your ID picture? You look so good in that picture that you wish you had no friends. If you come with a complaint, Marga sends you to the origins. Complain to your ancestors. Ask them for other chromosomes.

(Translated by Diana Stănescu / 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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