She strutted through the neighbourhood like a vamp in broad daylight, showing off her new outfit with sparkling jewels. She was proud as can be, with her raven black hair and feathery crow-like highlights, fluttering playfully. People stared at her, captivated by her beauty, and no one dared to tell her why men were drooling behind her. But from a nearby bush, an old lady, while peeing heavily, caught a glimpse of her and yelled out what everyone could see, that instead of clothes, the distinguished starlet was only wearing a label.

(Translated by Andreea Tobă / 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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