I prefer black button up shirts, they seem elegant to me, at least on me. Khadija prefers them too, she says I match her skin. She's always so elegant, especially when she's naked, at least on me. Khadija is 1,90m tall. I'm not, but I probably have other assets. She loves to remind me whenever she calls for me. Some may say she's a black woman, but I know she's Senegalese. I can differentiate African types. Experience, day-to-day life. There's a pair of wings tattooed on the sacral zone. Our pelves float one into another. It's a dessert I thoroughly enjoy indulging in.

(Translated by Marta Fulga / 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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