Every new day I spend on Earth leaves its print on my face. Look, this one is from when I gave birth to my daughter. A long labor, during which I made a tribal dance. That one is from when we had a fight and you told me to never call you again. I cried the whole night and smoked an entire pack. Then, if you look closely to the mouth, you can see all the smiles I've smiled. I wouldn't want to freeze my expression, because it would be a lie to myself. I'd say that nothing I've lived ever existed. Love this side of me. Please.

(Translated by Daniela-Andreea Gugescu / 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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