This one on the right cheek? You got that when you thought you were Nadia Comăneci on the bar in the schoolyard and smashed your temple. I've had this one on my chin since you hooked up with that gang of punks and confused Napoca with water and drugs with aspirin, and this one on my forehead, deep down to my soul, since you swam across the Danube to Serbia and they arrested your father, before the Revolution. I have a face like a railroad track, each rail with its own story. Yes, mom, but no one has dimples like yours.

(Translated by Beatrice-Ioana Huruială / 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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