She had never tried foundation or anything, she simply marked her position with small tattoos like milestones at the end of lines. Over time, she had almost exhausted the numbers and alphabets, and kept lowering her markers on her neck, arms, and body. You can read her easily, a tragicomical poem paradoxically stretched from temples to ankles. Today, she contorts to tattoo the last curl she detected on her buttocks and smiles fully, looking great and delivering her message to the false world of botoxed women in the gym. Kiss my ass.

(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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