She felt big, flashy. When she moved, it seemed like everyone was pointing at her. She strutted around, careful not to crumple or worse, hide under the tiny clothes she wore. She loved her backside the most, it showed off the best and she arched it even harder, as if it was naturally made for that. She hand washed her clothes to protect the label that she wore ostentatiously on the outside. It didn't say Paco Rabanne, but no one wore Tricotex Bacau like she did.

(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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