Don't comment unless you've sat in this chair and felt a sewing machine piercing your skin and brains. Tattoo Luis grinds the martyr's forearm sacrificed on the altar of the leather wedding. Whoever the hell invented this thing with the symbols sure wasn't married. Three years, leather wedding, one, paper wedding. Four more to go? Just a little longer, darling, whispers Mia. She already sees a bloody, sexy little heart with their initials in colour 3 D. It goes perfectly with the Hermes bag she's had her eye on since the cotton wedding.  

(Translated by Cristina Ioana Bontea / 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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