This with the minimalism hit me in the ribs before coming to sea, we give too much importance to clothes, I looked out the window, it was foggy, I will have a perfect sunny day. I grabbed the shower curtain and spent it elegantly over my breasts. The curtain had polar bears having sex on it, probably made by some perverted cousin of Greta's. I arranged my sunglasses on my nose and went downstairs like a queen, holding the curtain that was too big for me. On the ground floor I meet someone dressed with a tablecloth. Minimalist? Neh, kicked out by his wife.

(Translated by Andreea Theodora Drăgan / 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 May 2023, the group has 11,260 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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