She dressed from head to toe in red, hat included. She should've been passing unobserved in her line of work, but she enjoyed a show and when she had a job, she did it with style. Her clients were women who'd been cheated on. Each case was studied in depth until she identified its pain points. Torture had been invented for her. If a guy loved his career, she made sure his monument no longer remained brick on brick. If another guy loved money, something happened, and he was left with empty pockets. Wherever she wandered she gave out her visit card: LV.

(Translated by Ioana Ștefan / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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