the Devil. Ok now, stop screaming, my head is pounding. Weren't you just dying to meet me? Dying - get it? Anyway. You probably didn't expect me to look so good. Yoga does miracles, you know. Ok. I'll try to keep it short. I want you on my team. M'am, I said stop screaming. So, I have a piece of paper here for you to sign. You get your wish granted after you sign an autograph. Now I'll ask you to read the terms and conditions. I know it'll take forever, but we have time. Any questions?

(Translated by Cătălina-Diana Teliban / 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 March 2021, the group has 4.300 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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