Talk to the microphone all you want, I, for one, am not getting out of bed without a microphone. I have a voice, I have fake eyelashes, I got some better boobs as well, I'm a fatalist woman, even if I'm middle-aged, between 25 and 58. I'm more of a diva than most other women around here, except for Maricica, but that one's a whore and has a poor condition, she doesn't count. And, to drive all the young boys mad, who are already dying to be with me, \'cause it's not like they'll die before me, you should know I'm also good at 69-ing. In exactly two weeks. Happy birthday to me.

(Translated by Diana Mîndruță-Tănăsescu / 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 April 2023, the group has 11,000 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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