I've been wearing black for almost 40 years. Since my father passed away. I very rarely wear any colored clothing. A few years ago, at an important meeting, I wore a white dress with black polka dots. I looked good in it. It had a tight bodice over the breasts and a drawstring at the waist, that was slimmer then than it is today. Years passed and I forgot about that dress. I randomly thought of it and smiled. Now, I would get one with stripes to slim me down, and on the bodice, to hide the asymmetry, I would put a pink bow. Because winners wear pink.

(Translated by Tania Diniță / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / 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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