Warranty and post-warranty service. Most of the time, we fixed inflatable Sex Toys. They called me from the front desk: Dorele, another broken one came, you do it. Men.... some are sick, we got them burned with a cigarette, stung with a knife, bitten on the face, and so many more. How to vulcanize them the way they were? But I managed to patch them up, put some hidden electrodes in the right place, and gave them back repaired, upgraded for free for effect, 220W. Lethal hardcore. I had no return.

(Translated by Iuliana Danciu / 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 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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