In the morning, doctor, I feel an anxiety that goes up from my stomach to my neck and tightens me up and makes me dizzy and my heart beats like crazy and I think I'm going to die, and it goes away only if, don't laugh at me, if I caress my clitoris. And I stroke it, stroke it, stroke it, I relax, I calm down, sometimes I start whispering a song, sometimes I sing out loud, sometimes I want to shout at the end, loud, yes. Then I'm fine but the next day it starts all over again. You think I have a hormone problem or something.

(Translated by Andreea-Alexandra Șerbănescu / 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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