He rushes to the Prosex sanitiser and comes in. Have a seat. A Labazza, some Borna plain? No, thank you, I have blood pressure issues. We only said one degree, right? Yes, marketing and plumbic relations at Spiru Harlet University. Good choice, this is the top searched one in Romania. How do you want it, here or on the goo? Here, please, because I have blood pressure issues. Sign below, it costs 5,000. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I was desperate. Tourism is going terribly with this pandemic. Maybe like this I'll manage to have my blood pressure avoid bankruptcy. Cheers!

(Translated by Oana Oprea / 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, setting their texts within the limit of 500 symbols (in Romanian language, so in English the limit might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise with an almost daily changed topic. 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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