He told me to sit down, he wants to talk down to me. I said: fine, Corn Puff, and I sat down. He went on for about half an hour with some nonsense about how he had this business about to take off, how if it all turned out well we'd be moving to some exotic island and lying in hammocks all our lives, only he needed some more money and it'd be great if I could ask my uncle to lend me some. I didn't tell him I knew he'd lost everything on PokerStars. I'll lend him the money, it's all funny enough. He'd have a heart attack if he knew I was Buffy007 and he wasn't the only corn puff I've bankrupted.

(Translated by Cristina Fliter / 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 January 2021, the group has 3.000 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 almost daily. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, and Luchian Abel. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficţiuni Reale.

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