I tried to get rid of timidity. A gorgeous lady came and asked me to show her various toys. I was red in the face, but the job is the job. Then I got brave and hooked up a few times. The bad part was, most of the time, they wanted to try the toys with me. I don't want to go into details. Now, I'm finally doing what I love. I collect porcelain dolls. I sell, I buy, it works. Ma'am psychologist, I haven't had a relationship in three years. I'm desperate. What can I do?

(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, 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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